Jeff Sacks, CMP — Experient
Have you ever been invited to a party that you just really didn’t want to attend but did any way since it was the “right thing to do”? When the agenda was distributed for e4, I heard on more than a few occasions that people were jazzed about the education being offered, but “what is” and “why are” we Power Networking”? As a mater of fact, while onsite at Gaylord National, I was speaking to one individual (who I’ll kindly refer to as Negative Nelly Networker) who told me that they were absolutely dreading the Power Networking time slot and would give anything to have a reason to not attend.
The “What is” of Power Networking turned out to be a series of 5 minute conversations between two individuals who may or may not have known each other before they found themselves face-to-face across a 30” classroom table. The “Why are” was clearly to have an opportunity to meet upwards of 10-15 new people in an hour’s time – and not just meeting them as in “how’s the weather” but as Keith Ferrazzi implored people to do – meeting them deeply and actually “giving a damn.” I personally learned things about people’s families, jobs, dating activity, hopes, dreams and everything in between. The energy in the room was palpable and people were networking their tails off.
It was a fascinating hour. Andy Smith did a yeoman’s job of getting everyone to move along every five minutes and the group jumped in with two feet and really got into it. As a number of us have learned post-e4, this was an experiment in networking that not even the Ferrazzi team was sure we could pull off. They were so pleased with the results they expect to recommend this session to clients for years to come!
So…how could I experience this session and not have sought Negative Nelly out to see their reaction right? All Nelly had to say was…”I didn’t want to leave!” Nuff said.
Question — Have you or your organization engaged in a power networking session? What was the outcome and why? Please share your thoughts with us!