Networking into the Holiday SeasonThis past weekend, I attended a Blues concert at Villa Montalvo that brought Chicago Blues artists and local Silicon Valley musicians together. It was an evening in tribute to blues legends who have passed in the last year. JC Smith, on the west coast, pulled Eddie Shaw, Kenny "Big Eyes" Smith, and Vaan Shaw together from Chicago. See the connections! We all have them but don't always look for them.
The connections between the musicians on stage, and their network that brought them together, is pretty amazing as you can see. They are able to get the right talent together anywhere in the world, and pretty darn quickly too.
We have a lot to learn from our musicians. Networking is one of the most productive ways to get things done in our career. As we enter this holiday season, it's a great time to connect. Just relax, have fun with it, and do it in your own style. Take some risks, challenge yourself, but it's right there for you to leverage. THERE WILL BE MORE NETWORKING TIPS for you in the coming weeks. In the meantime, I leave you with a finale picture from the show. ~COURTESY OF ROSALINDA CARRILLO. Marianne Marianne@designyourdirection.com
Picture below left to right standing: JC Smth, Kenny "Big Eyes' Smith, Eddie Show, Ladee Chico, Vaan Shaw.