GKN Weekly Update 12/4/12 – The DON’TS And Don’ts of the VO Mixer

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  1. Tony D says:

    Tom, you do look like EC there, but there are worse things…

    I’m new to this business and am really impressed by your simple observations. You never know who is going to help you, and it has been my experience that most people really, really want to help. Beyond that, being part of a community is sometimes enough. We share stories, we learn, and we can only get better in the company of other professionals.

    Keep up the good work.

  2. Peter Bishop says:

    Ah, Tom… once again you hit the nail on the head. In all situations not only are there common-sense rules to follow, but rules of etiquette to maintain. If the guy who’s hosting the event says “dress to impress”, then that’s what I’m doing… if nothing else, out of respect to the enormous effort our host has put in. And anyway, how often do most of us get out of the bunny slippers…

    As for the networking thing… I have some simple rules. Only proffer my card if it’s requested. It’s not a competition – it isn’t “he who distributes most cards wins”. Enjoy the people there, circulate, be pleasant and only “go business” if that’s where the conversation naturally leads.

    … and as I said before Tom… you rock that hat!

  3. A networking tip I use, is to be sure I have a sharpie so I can write on business cards (those glossy ones are a bear) when they’re given to me. I want to be sure that I get a mailing address to go into my Send Out Cards contact manager, in addition to the email address for my autoresponder. I also flip the card over and ask “what’s your birth month and day? I like to send birthday and holiday cards to people I meet.” We also do this with anyone we interview for the active casting files of AAAVoiceCasting. We do offer an interview, either in person or on the phone, to anyone who takes the time & trouble to send us their resume and demo materials. Often, we’re the only ones they get a card from. Also, most of the time, I don’t even carry my own business cards. I’m much more interested in getting their card, so we can do something for them. “Givers Gain.” That’s the philosophy of BNI (the world’s largest and most successful networking organization. If you’re not familiar with them, it might be worth a little “google” time.

    Dan D

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