By Chris Cane
A couple of days ago, a fellow mentor copied me on an email he sent to one of our clients on the value of networking. I felt that his comments encapsulated the essence of networking. He had attended a networking session with Xavier University at the Cintas Center on April 1st with the client.
He ends with “I also think networking, like public speaking, is a skill that can be learned and the more you do it, the better you get.” – Please read on…
His words were “I think these types of meetings are a good place to make contacts. Networking is kind of like fishing. You never know if you are going to catch a fish, not how large it will be, unless you put your line in the water. There just aren’t any guarantees, and sometimes your leads will come from a conversation where did not expect anything would come from it.
Like we were talking about today, many people, especially younger people, think there is a short-cut or a silver bullet. They neither have the patience, nor are they willing to spend the time required to become successful. I don’t know of any short-cuts or silver bullets, but meetings like the one today will eventually bring in solid results for you. I definitely think there are meetings where your odds of making a connection are better, but right now I just don’t know what those organizations might be, but this is a good place to start.
I also think networking, like public speaking, is a skill that can be learned and the more you do it, the better you get. I hope you have a nice weekend.”
I have a friend who fishes a lot and once said that more people would fish if they called it catching but of course one does not catch every time.