Networking Hollywood Style
In Tinsel Town networking is everything. Let’s examine how to apply their networking strategies to your everyday networking endeavors. Hollywood owns networking, you are who you know there. It does not matter if you are trying to land your dream job or make great business contacts, networking is a must. You can learn from Hollywood they just get it right, networking is a lifeline and a lifestyle.
- Find the Access Point. In Hollywood an agent normally does this for you. In our world you are going to have to find the access points yourself. You need to find the who, what, when, and where in your industry. In order to become known in your industry you need to know the key players and what they are doing, where they are going, and what they are saying.
- Get Engaged Now. Online networking is awesome, you can see the who, what, when, and where for your industry and even meet some key players. However, think like a Hollywood star and create the f
ace-to-face meeting. You must physically show up to build your network. It’s time to give it that personal touch, and creating meaningful relationships is key. Showing up is the first key to networking.
- Gone in 60 seconds. Well you actually have more like 10-15 seconds to make a first impression. Just like Hollywood Directors screen through hundreds of actors and make split- second decisions, people are doing the same to you. It is estimated that it takes less than 10 seconds to make an impression on someone so make sure it’s the right one.
- Follow Up, Again Follow Up. – A famous saying in Hollywood is “have your people call my people”. This is real there is so much power in the follow-up. People go to tons of networking events and meet people but after the event no one follows up. This is critical part of networking, it’s where networking actually begins.