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After a long day at work, sometimes all you want to do is sit on the couch, eat a bag of chips, and zone out watching television. The thought of attending a networking event seems so daunting. Not only do you have to give up free time, but you also may have to talk with strangers.

With this type of mindset, it's easy to see why so many people are apprehensive about the concept of networking. However, when you avoid networking, you miss out on so many great opportunities.

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It’s inevitable. You’re going to experience some pretty awkward situations at networking events during your lifetime - no matter how comfortable, cool, and collected you may be. In fact, you might be the suavest professional at the party, but if you don’t know how to handle the following situations, you can find yourself in some pretty tough spots. You don't have to be James Bond to be suave, but you do need to know how to handle these awkward situations (because they happen to all of us).

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