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Knowing Enough People To Make A Team

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 by

For the second time in recent weeks I have seen various opportunities that required a team of people with short notice to do and it got me thinking how it’s so important to meet as many different kinds of people as possible as you never know what will happen tomorrow. Often times we focus a lot in investing in resources to make things more productive for ourselves whereas in cases like these it would seem sensible to invest in things that allow you to meet more people as well.

I usually get to do this as a result of working on projects or jobs that simply interest me. In some ways in these cases it’s almost like getting paid to meet others. Even with the last work I participated in I was surprised to see there were many other people who had similar industry backgrounds like myself except in different categories. It’s almost like doing a non-profit project and indirectly meeting people whom may have a skill or trait that would be suitable for a future line of work. It keeps life interesting too where you won’t complain about having a boring routine every day. Opportunities are always getting thrown at you when you least expect it. You just have to be prepared to take advantage of them and many times that involves knowing the right people.

Paying Essentially For Networking

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014 by

I had an interesting conversation with a person today about a private school and how it is rather pricey. The tuition for less than a year is over $12,000 and it was expressed that they didn’t learn much. I then mentioned how if anything they probably met a lot of people who may become a useful contact in the future as networking is often a key thing you get out of schools. That then brought up a comment how if someone wanted to network with people they could find better ways to spend $12,000 for that.

I always consider a lot of events such as seminars or various private group classes to be more of networking event personally from the start. The topic that you are learning in general is more to meet like-minded people I feel in a lot of cases. It’s not uncommon for me to hear too of people who get opportunities more because of the people they met from various classes as opposed to the actual skill or strategy they were learning.

I guess you can say that’s another factor I think about when I pay to attend events to learn something because you can only do so much with a skill or knowledge if you don’t actually apply it on a regular basis. Usually that requires being around a group of like-minded people so you should expect to meet people as part of the service, so to speak.

Getting Invited Into Exclusive Groups

Friday, February 21st, 2014 by

I noticed something funny today where I realized that a group of people whom I have worked with in the past had added my name to this group of sort where top human resource managers and industry veterans try to find people and talent for their projects here first before advertising to the general public. The idea is pretty straight forward I suppose where odds are people here have a good reputation amongst the businesses and so there are more odds that the job will get done.

This made me think how a lot of people say that things like jobs are gone before they are even advertised as it comes down to more about who you know. Very true in this case I suppose. At the same time, this wasn’t even something I was asking for either as in my mind all I did was do my best as always whenever someone acquires my help.

I suppose this is one of those times where you can say if you work hard enough things will just come to you.

Opportunities From Being Helpful

Thursday, November 7th, 2013 by

A funny thing happened today as the other day I heard of a person that needed help on his website as he didn’t know why search engines were flagging it. I decided to help him out as it is something I understood very well. During the midst of helping him it turned out that his business was in the need for some other technical help which I could do too. As a result, we then began talking about discussing it further to develop a potential professional service agreement.

It’s just kind of funny how these things work out as even he was joking maybe it was meant to be that his site went all crazy. Sometimes you simply just have to let life bring the opportunities to you as you continue to do the things you enjoy each day. Can’t explain why but it just works out like that a lot of times.

Asking People In The Know Before Purchasing

Friday, July 12th, 2013 by

I was trying to find some good deals on various furniture items today where my knowledge of the markups aren’t that great and so I decided to simply ask people who specifically work in the industry to give me an idea of what is too much. It is kind of incredible at how much things like a couch or chair is marked up by for example. Even with those signs saying two hundred dollars off the markup is so incredibly high that the business is still making a killing out of it from what I was shown.

I have always wondered too why more people don’t simply ask people who work in specific industries to learn more about things like markup prices so that you would be more financially aware on when something is a good deal. This is as opposed to simply comparing prices of various companies. As well, this could even relate to thing such as taking a course that costs money as asking an experienced person first can not only direct you to a quality place but at the same time it could break it down on whether or not you are being over charged in certain aspects.

For example, for digital services you would be surprised at how many times a lot of people simply use template solutions which they resell. Like with that, asking a person who is involved in the industry first before making a purchase can sure open your eyes a lot in an effort to get you what you need for the best value.