Why are people often uncomfortable with the word “networking”?

Many people are uncomfortable with the word “networking.”  When they think of networking, they imagine a pushy, aggressive person who connects with people to achieve selfish goals and  gives nothing back.  In other words, when many people think of networking, they think of “using” people.

In the Piper Center, we see networking as a way of making connections, building relationships, and seeking advice.  Networking is not about using people.  If you don’t have a genuine interest in connecting with someone, then don’t do so!

Why do people network?