Wednesday, April 28, 2010

entertainment industry coach Question 420: I know I don't know enough people but I hate networking, is there anything I can do?

There are tons of things you can do. The first, is stop saying that you hate networking. I used to hate being in water I couldn't see through. Then I went to a resort were I was taken snorkeling and was shocked at what I'd been missing. Now when I go to Hawaii, I go right into the water and seek out the sea turtles instead of fearing what "unknowns" may be lurking.

You clearly know you need to know more people. Make a list of the types of people you would like to meet. I personally like to meet people who are passionate, inspiring, out-side-of-the-box thinkers who don't hear no, and who take action. When I'm networking, the minute I meet a complainer, I hear him/her out and then go on my way, without asking for a card, and rarely giving mine unless they ask for it.

Instead of looking at it as networking, look at it as you being an interviewer for people who fit into your network. It's not about going to an event and being afraid of being judged, it's about seeking out like-minded people. Sometimes you find them, sometimes you don't. But you always learn from the experience.

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