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Kyle Kenerley
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Cross-Pollination Happy Hour Recap: Time is Relative

Time is one of the biggest challenge’s folks face everywhere. Whether it be a deadline, appointment, or social event; time is probably the number one reason an individual might not be able do or finish something on time. I am a victim of the challenge of time myself, but if I have learned anything, time certainly is relative.

A few weeks ago AIA Dallas held its annual Cross-Pollination Happy Hour event, generously sponsored by Hossley Lighting Associates! The event is meant to be a catalyst for individuals looking to find or establish a network, whether it be social or professional. With the Fellows, Latinos in Architecture, Women in Architecture, and Young Professional networks gathering together, there really was no better place for those involved in the AEC industry to meet. 

Personally, I was running into that time issue. That day I had multiple meetings and events to attend throughout the afternoon and evening that I knew were going to make it a challenge to be everywhere I needed to be, and so at first I thought I was going to have to miss out on a few things. But with a little last-minute persuasion from a friend, I figured out a game plan that would allow me to be a part of everything. The happy hour was a casual come-and-go event that started before my previous meeting had ended. Fortunately, they were in the same location, so after I finished that meeting I decided to spend 30 minutes at the happy hour before moving on to the next event.

You might wonder: Is that enough time to network, or at least gain something from networking?

During that 30 minutes, I had the opportunity to catch up with colleagues and to meet several new acquaintances that I will likely see at future events. So yes, it was more than enough time to gain something from networking! As much as I would have liked to spend more time there, I still was able to accomplish a lot and enjoy myself. 

Time is certainly relative. What one might think should take hours to benefit from, might only actually take 30 minutes. The experience has altered my frame of reference when I am on-the-go. I would say to someone that might believe they are stretched on time, look for those short term opportunities in your busy schedule. You never know what you can accomplish with that short period of time.

I am thrilled that the Cross-Pollination Happy Hour has become a big event for AIA Dallas. I am looking forward to this great networking event again next year, and hopefully I have fewer time conflicts at that time... Cheers!