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Shaking Hands, Taking Names: Schmoozing Tips from Leslie Knope

By Kyler Danielson

Even for extroverts, networking can be painful. Attorneys often enter rooms full of people we do not know. Without the right skills, these networking events can be a waste of potentially billable hours. Leslie Knope, the main character on the television series “Parks and Recreation,”1 can serve as inspiration for attorney schmoozing.

Leslie is a shameless public servant and deputy director for the Parks Department of Pawnee, Indiana. She is praised for her enthusiasm, energy and love of parks. Leslie makes connections and nurtures them. She knows that networking is more than a business activity; networking is developing friendships.

Throughout the show, Leslie networks her...

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