Networking

But I have no network!

I’ve got to admit that I’ve never had the knack or the skill for networking.  I’ve simply tried to deliver the best service I can and let the customers I serve network on my behalf. But showing up to seminars or attending conferences seems so far out of my range of time commitment that I cannot help but view those activities as a waste of time.  Clearly, they are not.  Clearly, other folks use these events to build a network.  When I taught English I found no value of attending literary conferences where there would only be fawning praise for esoteric interpretations that were met rarely with any conflicting opinion.  And this I saw at prestigious universities.  Labor unions with their faux job security give you the false impression that you don’t need to network or seek career guidance.  I certainly didn’t see that I needed to network, that I needed to talk with other principals throughout the district and in districts outside the one I worked in.

I created this page today, Saturday, February 18, 2017 in response to Gary North’s Tip of the Week.  His Tip of the Week suggests using Toastmasters as a way to network.  I’d like to hear more.  He’s big on developing public speaking as a skill, a rare skill.  But how does this skill translate into networking?

So, go to a seminar or conference or trade show.  But where to begin.  Start here at Eventbrite.  

Here is a list of Exhibits for 2018.  Doesn’t hurt to plan something.

In the world of education, there is ETS, Education Testing Services.

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