And now it’s time for Part II of Networking Week…
I had a meeting with a guy I know who’s been very successful in building two separate businesses, including a company that offers tourist videos of tempting resorts for the curious traveler. His office was simply decorated; just files stacked on the desk, a computer, nice desk chairs, and a shnazzy leather satchel (oh yes, the briefcase for the next millennium), and two stacks of business cards tall enough that they loosely resembled the Leaning Tower of Pisa. If I knew him even less than I actually do, I would wonder how he got all these business cards. But if there is anything at all that I know about this young entrepreneur, it’s that the dude knows how to network.
I had a few other meetings while in New York a couple of weeks ago with equally successful people to my entrepreneurial friend, and when I asked them all the same question, “How do you recommend I promote my video production and photography companies?” they all said the same thing: “Relationships”.
Okay, now to start borderline-ADD straying from the point – my sister is doing a prestigious fellowship at a hospital in New York. She, too, has been very successful. However, and I hope she will agree when I say, that all of her success as a doctor is due to hard work, focus, diligence, endurance, etc etc etc., and not the amount of business cards she’s traded. Never once (again, I hope she agrees) did someone say to her, “Well EntrepreMother’s sister, who do you KNOW in the biz who’s gonna give you a hot fellowship, hmmm?” She worked hard for that fellowship, she applied, and she got it.
… or am I?