It’s been a couple of weeks since I was able to hop on here and give you guys an update on where my networking career has taken me. I have been spending some time helping my sister find an international surrogacy center who could help her grow her family, so there has been a lot going on in my personal life, and not so much in my professional life.
But, you also know that I look for networking opportunities in every situation, and me spending time with my sister was no different. Though we spent most of the week I was there visiting different offices and making phone calls to respected surrogacy agencies, we did have one event that I was able to gather some connections from, and that was my niece’s elementary school trivia night.
Now, if you have ever been to Monterey, you know that the area is beautiful and the people are competitive and wealthy. The elementary school my niece goes to was having a trivia night fundraiser that my sister, her husband, and I attended. You might think of trivia nights as being in some sweaty gym with a bunch of pop-up tables like I did, but this is Monterey, and this trivia night was one of the most incredible events I have ever been to.
There were circus performers, aerialists, Elvis impersonators, live music, and a fire show. To be perfectly honest with you, I’m not entirely sure why they called it a trivia night, because I don’t remember there being anything to do with trivia. It was more about these rich parents showing off how much money they have.
Being a networker, I put my personal opinions about this extravagant elementary school fundraiser aside and got down to business. People with money often have power, and to be successful in this industry, these are the people to know.
I managed to meet the CEO of a well-known national bank, the owner of a record label, a couple of IT professionals, and even the owner of the company that put on the circus act. If you ever find yourself at an event like this, don’t go into it planning to hand out your business cards.
Remember, these are parents there to raise money for their kids. So you meet, connect with them in some way so they remember you, and move on. That way, you don’t end up in a situation where you’ve done damage to your reputation by being the guy who made their kid’s trivia night about you instead of the kids.
That’s all I’ve got for this week guys, I’ve enjoyed the slow down on travel, but that’s all about to change, as I have several important business trips I’ll be taking over the next three months! Be back soon with more info and tips on how to be the best networker you can be.