Did You Say . . . . . “Networking?”

Posted: May 31, 2011 in Networking
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As a matter of fact, I did. Networking is a term that makes many high school and college students cringe. The thought of talking to a total stranger and turning that conversation into a lasting relationship can be a scary one. Why? It might be because you are afraid that the other person will not like you. Maybe you feel uncomfortable presenting yourself. Perhaps you are not the world’s best conversationalist.

If you feel like any of my comments above describe your attitude towards networking, all hope is not lost. I, too, was in your position not so long ago. Before Georgetown, I admit that I was a pretty shy person when it came to talking to adults. However, when I got to college, I quickly discovered the importance of networking for a successful business career. I promised myself that I would be more outgoing and change my approach to meeting professionals for the better. So can you. It is never too late to leave the past behind you and start putting yourself out there. Let today be the first day of the rest of your life.

After all, the sports industry is all about networking. There is no shying away from the fact that the sports business is a people intensive one. Establishing contacts and building relationships are vital for anyone who wants to make it in sports, let alone any profession. Networking can lead to a variety of opportunities including new business leads, friendships, job leads, etc.

At some point or another in my life, I have come across one of the most popular quotes associated with the concept of networking. The saying goes, “It’s not what you know, but who you know.” While this statement over-emphasizes the significance of networking, there is definitely some truth to it. Just think about attending your high school reunion years down the road. Undoubtedly, some of the kids you thought were not the brightest will be more successful than some of the other intelligent kids you knew in high school. The reason for their success might be what you call “luck,” but what they call “networking.” There’s a good chance that those people outhustled the smart ones to land the better jobs.

As you re-evaluate your attitudes towards networking, I will leave you with a more modern interpretation of the above quote that I have heard since my time at Georgetown. Instead, the saying should read, “It’s not who you know, but who knows you.” There is more on this quote to come in future posts.

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