This is rhetorical of course. I have to push myself to reach out to other academics and students. I have grand plans, and can even manage competent email contact, but when the fateful day to have coffee and a chat comes around, I am finding some large scale resistance in my brain.
I can tend to be an insular soul, so meeting new and interesting people and talking about myself in some way that makes my work sound scintillating can be a tad anxiety provoking (for all of us I figure, work with me here!). But I’m soldiering on.
I set a goal this term to meet up with two women who do great work in my field and also happen to work right at my University, and I managed to actually follow through last week! It doesn’t help that I had to reschedule twice because of a seizure day and a pupil free day/childcare fail. These things do not instill one with confidence as one sails out into the big wide world.
Of course, the chat (eventually) went great. Anxiety = nil; Awesomeness = 1. I hereby award myself a networking gold star!