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  • Writer's pictureTom Dheere

GKN Weekly Update 7/13/09

And a happy Monday to you all! We had another nice weekend of weather to bask in. That makes two weekends in a row. Must be a record!

Today we’re going to talk some more about networking…

I spent the weekend working at Dexcon 12 in Morristown, New Jersey. It’s four days of playing board games, card games, video games, strategy games, role playing games, and LARPing! That’s right, Live Action Role Playing, which is basically a bunch of people in a hotel banquet room dressed up in tights and beating each other senseless with foam rubber swords. Anyway, I was there working for my friend’s store All In One Collectibles. I watched his vendor table and helped out here and there. So, what does this have to do with networking?

After someone relieved me from a shift of working at the All In One vendor table, I decided to look around at the other tables. In a “can’t help but sniff the bad milk” kind of mood, I stopped at the foam rubber swords table just to see what all the fuss was about. Can you believe some of them run for $100?! Anyway, I started chatting with the vendor and the next thing you know, we’re talking about the voiceover industry. It turns out that her mother is a former VO talent and she herself works for a video game company. On the side she’s a concept artist and offered to help me design a logo for my business. Talk about finding opportunities in the strangest places!

TIP OF THE WEEK: Always keep your eyes open for networking opportunities. Make sure you have business cards with you at all times and are able to quickly articulate what you do and your recent work. You never know when it’ll come up!

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: This, to me, is the ultimately heroic trait of ordinary people; they say no to the tyrant and they calmly take the consequences of this resistance. Phillip K. Dick

DISCUSS!: Where is the oddest place you’ve networked? (keep it clean please!)


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