Networking in Columbus: Developing Friendships

Many people think of crafting professional connections at networking events. But sometimes it goes beyond that and folks actually meet wonderful friends.

It happened to Barbara Charles when she moved to Columbus in 2009. She didn’t know a soul and walked into her first event to total strangers.

But something marvelous transpired. She developed friendships with two women: Kara Manz and Dawn McMahon.

In September of 2016, another Columbus newcomer, Rebecca Falconer, met Barbara at the Firefighter 4 Kids event and the three fast friends became four!

“We hang out all the time,” Barbara said. “They are my connectors, the people I can know I can rely on.”

The women throw parties for the Oscars, Halloween, and Christmas. They meet for happy hours and dinners. The trio offers total support for one another.

“We’re there for each other for all of life’s celebrations and problems, job help, and personal issues,” she recounted.

The friendship is also a comfort when attending GETDOT events. They flock to one another. And they have continued to grow their social circle.

Jim McGannon also recounted how he developed friendships through networking.

“On a personal level, GETDOT has been one of the best parts of my life here in the Columbus area.  Like most people, I’ve had my share of life’s challenges over the years, and my “GETDOT” family has always been there for me,” he said.

“No matter what’s going on with work, or kids, or just life in general, GETDOT has been a source of positive energy that I have always counted on.  Likewise, I have learned over time that I can help provide that same solace to others in the group, and I take great pride in the honor of doing so.  The friends I have made at GETDOT are genuine, and we share in the sense of knowing that we’ve created something that we can all be proud of,” he continued.

Walking into a room full of unfamiliar faces can be daunting. There’s no doubt about it. But you would be tremendously surprised by the kindness you will discover.

Over time, you will likely meet some important connections. And some of those could even turn out to be friends.

You never know until you try.

Chris Alexis
Chris Alexis
Chris Alexis is a writer by nature. By day, he's a marketing representative for the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University. Outside of work, he enjoys volunteering and penning a variety of articles for worthy causes, including GETDOT.