I laughed when I read Ashley Hoffman's initial reaction to networking because I could envision myself doing the same. People with introverted tendencies don't always feel comfortable in a room full of strangers and might even feel a bit awkward. That is what happens when we step out of our comfort zone. But, unfortunately, we must do just that at times.
If you are not a natural at networking, read Ashley Hoffman's article, If 'Networking' Makes You Want to Vom, This Post is For You at Brazen Careerist. Her advice helps take the fear out of networking and lets us know that we're not alone in our hesistancy to do so.