I attend one event a week. If I pick a new event, and it’s not right for me, I don’t go back. If it ends up being a good use of my time, where I meet quality people who are interesting and interested, then it makes it onto my list of events to attend in the future.
One such event I organize on a bi-monthly basis is the “Financial Policy Council” Series of Events in New York City which attracts almost 150 people every other month. There is an unspoken rule that people don’t sell to each other in there –it’s about getting to know someone new and to give everyone a place to make new valuable connections. That is the key for success coupled with speakers second to none.
1.Stop Obsessive Networking:The more people you know–really know–the more likely you are to make that important connection you need to take your career, company, or venture to the next level. All the rest is a waste of time. I am flabbergasted by the number of people who keep aggressively requesting to connect with me on social media and then totally vanish for years like if we never connected. Why on earth did they take so much effort to connecting with me in the first place without any follow up? Just to have me as a number on their respective profiles? Hilarious.
Once again, networking should not be about meeting as many people as possible in as short amount of time. I work hard to figure out what I can do for someone else when I meet them. Who can I connect them to? What can I do for them (outside of selling them my stuff)? What resource or information can I share that will help them out? True connection is a two-way street…..Read More