September 01, 2014

Networking by Diving in Head-First

Alyesha Asghar Dotson

I am not one of nature’s social butterflies. I would much rather hang back and watch things unfold than dive into the center of things. It is probably what made me a good journalist in my pre-legal career. But even though there are many similarities between journalism and the practice of law, there is one glaring difference. A journalist watches and a lawyer does.

Now that I am a full-time lawyer and only an occasional journalist, I have coined a mantra: Networking is not for the faint of heart. So, every time that there is an opportunity to volunteer for a committee or for a position of leadership in any of the organizations that I devote my time to outside of work, I stick up my hand without fretting over the details. I do this like someone else might jump off a cliff while attached to a zip line. Because I have the security of knowing that I align myself with organizations that I am passionate about, I know that I will enjoy most opportunities to get more involved in those organizations.

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