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.