Do you reach out to others or do you wait to be reached out to? Those who go first - do the reaching out - will experience more connections, more opportunities, and more breakthroughs.
I used to be the sit back and "accept" networking type. No more. It does not work. There is too much waiting involved and we give up momentum and control when we wait for others to initiate.
Why do people sit back and wait? Fear, is certainly one reason. Fear of rejection....Fear of coming across like a dork..... It is not possible to be rejected it we don't put ourselves out there, right?
Perhaps we are other thinking things a bit. Connection is just that - and we won't have a connection with everyone. That's OK. But don't let the fear of being awkward or rejected stop you from getting out there and initiating new and deeper connections.
Be yourself and all will work out. Your unique - albiet wonderfully flawed - self will come through and attract a great number of people who will want to connect and get to know you. I am much more interested in getting to know people when they have enough self-confidence to be themselves and I bet you are, too.