There have been things that I wasn't taught growing up because it was assumed obvious and that I would pick it up naturally. As a neurodiverse person, I have had to work hard to appear to do things effortlessly. Networking is one of the skills I have learned from trial and error, and I want to teach you how to navigate new environments and converse with all kinds of people. If you've tried learning from movies and self-help books and that hasn't worked, there's a reason. There's a lot about modern networking that we all should un-learn. If you want to be an effective networker, you have to shift away from looking at these interactions as transactional. That said, it's still hard to find people to talk to and start a conversation.