6 Reasons Why “Networking” Events Are the Absolute Worst

+ a better way to make real connections

Kyle Ladewig
Dec 13, 2019 · 3 min read

We’ve all been there. The never-ending info session or the snoozefest cocktail hour. But networking events are a necessary evil if you want to get ahead, right? Maybe not. One thing’s for sure though — networking is the worst for these 6 reasons.

1. They’re almost always after hours

2. So, uhhh…what do you do?

Step 2: Buckle up for someone to recite their resume for 5 minutes without taking a breath. “Well actually I’m a senior VP of experience at a series B startup…” When the stream of B.S. finally stops, don’t even think about asking them what they actually do.

3. They can be overwhelmingly crowded

Work Club isn’t networking, and you can do it during normal business hours. Join one near you.

4. The conversation ripcord

5. The “I love to network” guy

6. Someone always tries to sell you something


Is it just me, or is it really hard to make friends as an adult? – @VickieLi “Young, Successful, and Depressed”

It’s not just you. At my company Out Of Office, we started with a simple idea:

What if you could make new connections during normal business hours? And what if you could actually get work done while you’re at it?

Then we created Work Club. Each Work Club is 4 hours of focused work, with a 15-minute social break designed to foster quick connections and kickstart genuine conversations. It’s a small group of real people with one thing in common: we hate networking events.


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Kyle Ladewig

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Founder @AppOutOfOffice: building cool products for remote workers. ex-product/real estate/strategy @Lyft, @TenX_CRE, @ClassPass, @NewmarkKF, @Stanford.

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