Just as the old adage about waiting ages for a bus only to have three turn up at once goes, I found myself in a similar situation this week with a number of interesting events taking place on the same day – all of which I would have loved to attend but found myself having to choose… Women 1st hosted one of their networking events at Fable Bar (a venue I’ve been dying to try out), Women Work ran a PIE workshop, Red Magazine ran a digital masterclass at the British Library Conference Centre, and we (the Sodexo team at UCL) hosted one in a series of cookery classes at UCL for the Vegetarian Society, a group I have been working with for the last few months.
A recent article in a tabloid newspaper took on the task of addressing sexual harassment in the workplace, identifying a young woman who had experienced it and revealing that she is now unable to go into work as a result of the bullying from other women and unwanted attention from male colleagues.
It was a fantastic platform from which to introduce yourself to strangers as it was openly acknowledged that we should all be doing it. No fear of saying the wrong thing or worrying people will think you are weird; or worse, rejecting you.
But not all events that we attend are conducted with such warmth and it can be a terrifying prospect to reach out to strangers in a totally new environment.
But does it have to be? Continue reading