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I'm Andy Warren, currently a SQL Server trainer with End to End Training. Over the past few years I've been a developer, DBA, and IT Director. I was one of the original founders of SQLServerCentral.com and helped grow that community from zero to about 300k members before deciding to move on to other ventures.

It’s OK To Eat Alone

There’s a lot to be said for the philosophy of Never Eat Alone, using meals as a great time to meet new people or reconnect with people you already now.  I try to use that approach at events, probably because it’s easier to do when there are hundreds of people around who want to (or are at least open to) networking. I don’t do it one hundred percent of the time, but close, and it’s both effective and fun.

I’ve never adopted it during a normal work week, in part due to not being willing to work that hard at lining up someone for lunch every day and in part just enjoying quiet time at a meal. Most days when I go to lunch I take a book to read (usually career related as opposed to fun), sometimes I’ll work on notes or an idea for something I want to write, and some days its nice to just sit and enjoy some fresh air. The days when I do have lunch with someone are then a delight.

Somewhere between always eating along and never eating alone you can find a balance that works for you.


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