The Pushy Brown Noser: Build a rapport before shoving a resume/business plan in the hands of someone you've just met. "It comes across as very insincere and pushy," Joy says. Have small interactions such as an e-mail including an article link of interest before asking for leads or partnerships. "You want to give the person a sense of who you are and find out more about them. This allows you to determine whether you even want to connect with them further."