I’m going to admit something: the idea of walking cold into a room of strangers to “network” is a scary one for me.

I tend to psyche myself out and agonize about the event for days in advance. And that was true as I walked into RE/MAX of Reading for my first Pagoda Networking lunch on March 28, but I pushed forward.

And I’m happy I did.

Why? Because I discovered what I’d heard all along was true: Pagoda is different. It’s not high-pressure; it’s not just exchanging business cards and listening to people sell themselves and their businesses. No elevator speeches aloud! It’s friendly faces and a genuine interest in meeting and getting to know each and every person in the room one-on-one. It’s learning about what each member does professionally, sure, but it’s also about learning about their families, their passions, their pets, where they vacationed or are planning on vacationing. There’s a really personal connection.

And there’s always a bit of fun mixed in. Parting with a fun mason jar full of Easter candy treats before the holiday? Yes, please! Enjoying a delicious Gourmand lunch? Sign me up!

Want to see what it’s all about for yourself?

The next networking lunch is planned for April 25 at 11:30am at Trooper Thorns, 451 Morgantown Rd., Reading. And in May, on the 23rd the group will meet at 11:30am at Berks Nature’s The Nature Place for a picnic-style get-together. Sign up online at the upcoming events page. Hope to see you there! I, personally, am looking forward to it!