When I was growing up, I was always told; it’s what you know, not who you know. More recently, it has become increasingly apparent that you must know the right people in order to be successful. That is why it is incredibly important to network with people, as often as possible!
Whether or not that person is successful in what you intend to do is beside the point. Get out there, meet people, and you will soon discover that you have a vast network of people that you can tap into whenever you would like.
Just recently, I attended a seminar and networking event in Bloomington, Indiana in the United States. I went to the event due to an e-mail that I received from my entrepreneurship club at Indiana University. The seminar featured a key speaker who has influenced and continues to influence the tech industry, Tony Conrad.
Tony Conrad is the CEO & Founder of about.me, a platform to express who you are. It is comparable to LinkedIn or Facebook; in so far as that your page describes you. What makes about.me different is that unlike LinkedIn and Facebook, the network allows you to create a page about who you are, what your accomplishments are, and what you aim to achieve.
I feel as though LinkedIn focuses more on professionalism. Professionalism is good, but LinkedIn doesn’t really represent who we are, but rather, an image of who we want people to think we are.
The reason that I was fortunate enough to meet the Founder of the multi-million dollar company was due to my networking ability. If I hadn’t made the decision to join the entrepreneurship club at my university, I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to meet Tony Conrad. Furthermore, if I hadn’t made the decision to actually attend the seminar, I wouldn’t have gained valuable knowledge from a multi-millionaire.
Tony is an incredible guy, and just by talking with him for a few minutes, I was able to create a networking contact that I can reach out to for advice whenever I need to.
In joining my entrepreneurship club, I have also had the opportunity to meet Scott Dorsey, the founder and ex-CEO of Exact Target, now owned by Salesforce.com. Exact Target started out as a small business in Indianapolis, grew into a billion dollar company that was traded on the stock market, and was then sold at a valuation of $2.7 billion to Salesforce.com.
Scott gave a talk at the Kelly School of Business, which was advertised through my entrepreneurship club. Again, if I had not reached out to the club, I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to meet a man who raised his little baby, into a billion dollar baby!
Meeting Tony Conrad and Scott Dorsey was an exhilarating experience that gave me both the confidence and know-how in order to continue down my path to success. I’m not going to stop there though. I plan to continue to attend events where I have the opportunity to meet people who have “been there, and done that.”
I want to pick as many successful brains that I can, so that I may understand what obstacles I may face further down my path.
I challenge you to get out there and network on a daily basis. Network with successful people, network with less successful people. Either way, you’re creating a list of contacts that you can reach out to and leverage, when need be.
How do you plan to network today? Let me know in the comments down below.
To Your Success,