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Ditch the Awkward Networking Events: Step Into a World of Laughter, Creativity, and True Connections!


We've all been there. Standing awkwardly at a networking event, clutching a half-eaten canapé, desperately trying to find someone we can hold a conversation with beyond the weather. The forced smiles, the generic "what do you do?", the internal monologue screaming, "Is this really worth it?"


I am no stranger to this feeling. As a social intelligence coach, a large part of my work revolves around helping people navigate the complexities of social interaction. Yet, even I find myself falling victim to the dreaded "networking event awkwardness" trap.


Maddox & I created Authentic Friends & Adventures to host events that foster genuine connection. We regularly hold an event called "Deeper Connections" where a group of people become better friends as we lead them through structured activities.


"Gone are the stiff suits and forced smiles; instead, we are greeted by friendly faces and genuine conversations."

A Different Kind of Connection


We welcome attendees to come as they are. Gone are the stiff suits and forced smiles; instead, we are greeted by friendly faces and genuine conversations. The event is centered around structured activities, encouraging participants to connect through laughter, creativity, and shared experiences. We open with a silent reflection on a purpose question. We then invite everyone to share their reflections in small groups while giving the gift of fully listening. We invite brave souls from the smaller groups to share with all assembled.


What surprised me most is the ease with which conversations flow. The activities create a natural icebreaker, allowing people to connect on a deeper level without the pressure of forced small talk. We share stories, passions, and even vulnerabilities, creating genuine connections that transcend the superficial.


Beyond the Event: An Enduring Impact


At the close of a previous event, participants shared that they felt a sense of warmth and connection they had not experienced in any other event. Some asked when the next event was.


Our events have an impact beyond the evening. Some participants have credited our events with changing their career trajectories.


The Power of Authentic Connection


Our events demonstrate the power of authentic connection. It's not about strategically collecting business cards or forcing empty conversations. It's about creating genuine connections through shared experiences, vulnerability, and a shared desire to build meaningful relationships.


Ready to Take Action?


If you're tired of the awkwardness of traditional networking and long for deeper connections, I invite you to explore two options:



Schedule a Discovery Session with Authentic Coaching: https://authenticfriends.co/coaching/ During this complimentary session, we can discuss your unique social challenges and explore personalized strategies to help you navigate the complexities of social interaction with confidence and authenticity.


Remember, meaningful connections don't happen by chance; they are cultivated through intentional effort and a willingness to step outside your comfort zone. Take the first step today and embark on your own journey towards authentic connection.

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