A version of this article appeared in the May 2011 issue of Fast Company magazine.
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How To Network A Company Picnic
You are a midlevel employee at a large company, and today is the annual Memorial Day picnic. You mill around sipping a wine cooler. As you turn to head toward the volleyball court, someone bumps into you, spilling Frito pie on your madras shirt. You look up and find yourself face-to-face with your company’s CEO.