I recently attended a networking seminar (actually an informal gathering of bright people) that was inspired by the Seth Godin book “Purple Cow.” It was a fun and interesting event punctuated by excited folks sharing their entrepreneurial ideas and…you guessed it – great networking!
What struck me the most was the amazing cross-section of people, what they do for a living, and the ideas they brought to the seminar to pitch. The concept is simple: You pitch your idea to the group and ask for feedback and advice. It is fun and energizing. Everyone I met I now consider a part of my expanding network, and some have joined the ToddCohen.com Sales Community. There were people there who can help me and – more importantly – whom I can help. I think we all have to remember that one key idea of networking is to generously listen and help. Networking is a two-way street.
That is networking at work! In attendance was Oliver Picher, a savvy marketing guy I met networking. Oliver pitched his new Blog FunwithNetworking.com. His idea is simple – Philadelphia needs a clearinghouse of networking events. Oh, man is he right! Take a look. It’s a great work in progress.