As the fairly new organizer of three Meetup groups in North Florida (with plans of expansion across the state), I decided to engage in researching the ins and outs of networking. One of the four books I recently checked out from the local library, The Networking Survival Guide by Diane Darling, McGraw-Hill (2003), pp. 22-23, has an interesting bullet list of 20 insights and thoughts on networking by Richard Saul Wurman, founder of TED (technology, entertainment & design) and author of 80 books, which I share with you now:
- Networking provides potential for greater joy.
- Discover common interests.
- Develop good friendships.
- Business gets done!
- Need to understand what people do.
- Be curious.
- Look at the dashboard – what does it tell you?
- Networking allows you to explore differences as well as what you have in common.
- Don’t distance yourself from failure.
- People like to make things complicated.
- Break bread.
- What drives him is that he’s always confident, and he’s always terrified.
- The desire not to fail is the same as being shy.
- Be a good listener.
- Like interesting people.
- Don’t have to be smart.
- Be genuine.
- The definition of learning is remembering what you are interested in.
- There’s no such thing as a teacher – only a guide.
- Celebrate connections with others.
Which of these ideas will you embrace as you attend your next networking event? Do you have anything to add to this list? Please comment below and share with your tribe if you think it’ll add value to their lives.