The Networking Game
To Go or Not to Go
It’s Stampede time here in Calgary right now which, for anyone who hasn’t been in Calgary this time of year, basically means little to no work gets done. It’s basically a week of breakfasts and BBQ’s disguised as networking events when people trade in their suits and blouses for jeans and cowboy boots. An event I’d recommend you experience at least once in your lifetime.
I grew up in Calgary and as a family, we used to go down to the ‘grounds’ every year and take in the rides and assortment of carnival food and it was always wonderful. Since starting a ‘professional life’, the rides and mini-donuts aren’t the main focus anymore. It seems to be more about the corporate events and who puts on the best party. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining, it just adds an interesting dilemma when you are trying to get a startup off the ground.
In the relatively short amount of time we’ve been building FarCloser Travel, we’ve experienced first hand the value of an introduction to a contractor, consultant or professional whose services we have since engaged versus the uncertainty of finding someone ‘unknown’ online. The ‘blind’ business relationships have rarely worked out whereas when we get referred to someone by another business or trusted acquaintance, the results are often extremely positive.
My question then is this: since attending networking events can be a great opportunity to meet some of these potential business contacts, how do you weigh that against actually getting work done, especially when you are about to launch? You don’t really want to wait until you need a lawyer before you start looking for one, but with so many things on the to-do list, should BBQ’ing at Stampede be near the top of the list? I’m asking because I really don’t know. It would be easy to spend the week attending the gatherings that are going on but a lot can get done in a week. If you have any compelling opinions, either way, I’d love to hear them.
No matter your position, happy stampeding!