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April 27, 2008

Strange Networking Behaviour… A Mystery….. What Is With This Man??

Filed under: comment,mystery,networking — zee2a @ 1:18 pm
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I have to share a really strange story with you:

I keep on running into the same chap at almost every networking event I attend in a particular area lately (it’s been at four different events hosted by four different organisations).

I even have the misfortune of ALWAYS having him sit next to me at the breakfast / lunch / or dinner table. Why do I say “misfortune”? Well, apart from his name I know absolutely nothing about him. (And I only know his name because it’s on his name badge).

He will not say who he works for, what he does, or share anything constructive at all. When he does contribute to our conversations its only to say something really obscure or negative.
He does not carry business cards, and when I asked him at the last event how I would go about contacting him if I wanted to, all he said was “those who need to contact me know how to find me”…..

It’ not just me he is like this to. He gives the same pathetic lines to anyone who talks to him. So I really really need to understand what on earth makes him waste time attending these events in the first place? What value is he getting by networking ? And what value is he giving back? And how do I avoid having to sit next to him and waste my own time and opportunities again?

The plot thickens: I have even googled his name and can find nothing at all; so now I’m begining to wonder and imagine all sorts of conspiracy theories… like maybe he’s a stalker…. or perhaps a hit man and when he hears the ‘right’ kind of conversation at the table he hands a note saying “I can help you with your problem”….

Any ideas?



  1. That’s a great story…. love it!!!
    Do you ever do those ’round the table 60 second intro’s’?
    If not, why not?

    Why not spring the 60 seconds on him?
    Start the chain going with the person next to him, and then…. howdie…tell us what you do then?

    Good luck, and do let us know the outcome

    Comment by Richard — April 27, 2008 @ 11:32 pm | Reply

  2. Hi Richard

    You’d think that idea would work, wouldn’t you…?
    Well thats exactly what happened at the last event (a large group, split between tables of 8 or so)… it gets to his turn and he rambled on about something completely irrelevant (again!). Someone else at the table tried to push it with “so what do you actually do?” and got the same spin about it being on a ‘need to know’ basis. Grrrr

    Comment by zee2a — April 28, 2008 @ 9:09 am | Reply

  3. Vanessa,
    I may know him! I think he has many disguises too! Often seen eating alone in hotels whilst I am on business trips or at the bar reading a crisp packet. Last week, I was at Earl’s Court exhibiting at Internet World and I am sure I saw him several times, each time disguied as someone else and wandering aimlessly around the hall, ducking behind pop up banners every time someone looked his way. I did catch his name however, it is William Nomates (is he Spanish?); I think his pals call him Billy!

    Comment by Terry Heffernan — May 8, 2008 @ 9:40 am | Reply

  4. How’d you guess, Terry ? ;p

    Comment by zee2a — May 8, 2008 @ 1:25 pm | Reply

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