How many of you have said, “I have a real hard time remembering names” or “Excuse me, I know we must have met, but I can’t remember your name”. I know I have many times. The question is what am I going to do about? I’m glad you asked. As an addition to the PASS Summit, PASS, at the urging of Andy Warren, is adding a 2 hour networking seminar by Don Gabor, Networking to Build Business Contacts, between the pre-conference sessions and the Welcome Reception. The cost is $60 and attendance is limited to 100.
There are several reasons why I am attending:
- To develop confidence in meeting people.
- To learn how to build and maintain my network.
- To learn how to help others meet people.
Each of these items will be covered during the session, and the Welcome Session and the rest of the conference will give us the opportunity to apply the principles that will be taught.
This won’t just help me as a technical professional, but also in my work. I currently serve as missionary with New Tribes Mission and part of my “job” is building and maintaining a network of churches and individuals who see value in what I do and are willing to support my work with prayer and finances. This makes developing networking skills essential.
Let me give one example of how networking can work. Just yesterday, I got an email from the Space Coast User Group leaders asking if I could move up from the September meeting and speak at the August meeting as the speaker had to cancel. I had a conflict so I couldn’t move up. As I am on Twitter, I put out a message asking if anyone would be able to fill in the August meeting. I knew at least one person who would be interested, Jorge Segarra (@SQLChicken), and I heard back from him fairly quickly. I was able to connect him with the Space Coast User Group leadership and he was able to make arrangements to fill in. Both parties were happy, and I got to “raise” my profile through helping others.
I hope to see you there! Then we can practice together.