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« on: May 25, 2008, 10:56:30 PM »
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Re: ITT You Help Wally Network?
« Reply #1 on: May 25, 2008, 11:37:56 PM »
Wow, good post DCB.

One thing that might get lost in that near the end of DCB's post, though it's important and somewhat evident still, is that you need to think of these people as people.

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Re: ITT You Help Wally Network?
« Reply #2 on: May 25, 2008, 11:52:58 PM »
So how should I set up a lunch with the associate?  What should my e-mail say?

What about the guys on the floor below me?  How can I introduce myself, or make useful contacts with their firm?

I wouldn't advise introducing yourself to lawyers in a bathroom... but if you do remember bathroom chat etiquette.

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Re: ITT You Help Wally Network?
« Reply #3 on: May 26, 2008, 12:01:16 AM »
Tag because this is an interesting thread...


If anyone can make friends with random people in a bathroom its Wally...

And that one politician (from Minnesota?) whose name escapes me...
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Re: ITT You Help Wally Network?
« Reply #4 on: May 26, 2008, 12:02:08 AM »
Jesse Ventura?
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Re: ITT You Help Wally Network?
« Reply #5 on: May 26, 2008, 12:07:46 AM »
Hi Wally!

So I don't think of myself a great networker. However, my SO is an absurdly good networker. It's hard to explain, but it's always astonishing what a great job he does of making use of the connections that he has.

When I've asked him about it, he's explained that it's really important not to think of any given interaction with a person as "networking." He does take an interest in getting to know people who are involved in his field, or might be helpful connections in the future, but he does so in a very casual way - the same way you'd make any other kind of friend. You meet someone, you like them, you get their card, and suggest that maybe you get a drink sometime. Don't immediately start treating them as a resource.

Another thing he does that I am totally impressed by (and am, again, terrible at doing myself) is that he tries to think of connections that he can make between people he knows that will have no particular benefit to him at the time. He meets an entrepreneur, he says "hey, let me introduce you to a VC I know." He meets a blog writer, he says "Hey, let me introduce you to this publisher I know." People are really impressed when one of those connections actually pay off, and they start to think of him as someone who knows people, and gets things done. Obviously, this is a tall order, and involves a kind of constant long-term strategy, but it's kind of amazing to observe.
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Re: ITT You Help Wally Network?
« Reply #6 on: May 26, 2008, 12:10:14 AM »
I'll take a 173.  And I want to say that the incident involving the politician from Idaho took place in Minnesota?

And I think you spelled Cobra Kai correctly...

And I'll look for the Simmons article b/c he is a funny guy...
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Re: ITT You Help Wally Network?
« Reply #7 on: May 26, 2008, 12:14:06 AM »
Waldo, what would you do if someone sent you that email?

Does it not sound like you're trying a little too hard?  A little too formal?

Or is it just me?
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Re: ITT You Help Wally Network?
« Reply #8 on: May 26, 2008, 12:22:34 AM »
"As you may recall" and "I've decided to matriculate"...just sound like too much to me...


Mention that you enjoyed the conversation at X function and you had some more questions...

"would you be willing to..." doesn't sound terribly confident and I think you need to make this guy know you're worth his time...

I'd say that "I'd love to buy you a cup of coffee some time this week if you're available..." or something like that...

I've taken this approach a few times and its worked for me...

Edit to add:  What DCB said is what I meant to say...especially the part about getting them to talk about themselves...
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Re: ITT You Help Wally Network?
« Reply #9 on: May 26, 2008, 12:27:03 AM »
I said this to Wally in a PM, but I have a great contact whom I always talk college basketball with. I am not afraid of him like I am of other attorneys I've met (I certainly still feel like a kid).
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