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Christine Hauer's Job: Networking for You, by Your Side

Attention, wallflowers: Christine Hauer makes her living by networking for you
Christine Hauer's Job: Networking for You, by Your Side
Photograph by Aaron Richter for Bloomberg Businessweek

Nobody likes to make small talk. Or wear a name tag. And very few possess the acrobatic skill required to simultaneously shake someone’s hand, offer a business card, and not drop a drink down his suit. That’s where Christine Hauer comes in. She’s a professional wingman, and she’s very pleased to meet you. And you. And him. And also that lady.

For a flat fee of $250, Hauer, 25, will attend one business event with you. She’ll start a conversation with the people you want to meet, talk you up in front of them, and fill the inevitable conversation lulls. (Hauer’s Networking Tip 1: “When you arrive at an event, take five minutes to survey the scene. Don’t rush up to the first people you see.”) For $75, she’ll help you prepare for the event ahead of time.