The five stages of networking grief | India Development Review
February 17, 2020

The five stages of networking grief

Does the thought of awkward small talk and sweaty handshakes fill you with dread? You’re not alone.

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Most of us have come across Kübler-Ross’ model of the five stages of grief. Here, we reimagine what these stages would look like when it comes to nonprofit networking.

1. Denial: “It’s not so bad”

There’s no ‘work’ in networking. It’s easy-peasy lemon squeezy. All you need to do is hand out some cards, make some small talk, eat, and come home.

2. Anger: “%#*@”

The founder of an ed-tech start-up takes over your 15 minute break to give you unsolicited advice on your community health programme.

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3. Bargaining: “Maybe I can still save myself”

For every three people you speak to, you can have one gulab jamun from the dessert counter.

4. Depression: “Everything is meaningless”

Noshir Dadrawala reminds you that you will have to renew your newly acquired 12A and 80G periodically, for the rest of your life.

5. Acceptance: “I will survive”

There’s a gift bag and butter chicken.

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Tanaya Jagtiani

Tanaya is an editorial analyst at IDR, where she manages curated content, in addition to writing, editing, and sourcing content. Prior to this, Tanaya interned at Coram Beanstalk, Samhita Social Ventures, and ActionAid India. She has recently completed an MSc in Globalisation and Development from SOAS, University of London and holds a BA in Sociology from St Xavier’s College, Mumbai.