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A Smarter Way To Network
As musicians, we know we should be networking – but what is the best way to network? According to Harvard Business Review, top executives have “diverse but select networks made up of high-quality relationships with people who come from several different spheres and from up and down the corporate hierarchy.”
In other words, it’s not the size of your network, nor is it making connections to corporate and industry leaders that matters. The effective core networks range in size from 12-18 people from diverse hierarchical, organizational, functional, and geographic spheres. The people in your inner circle should be positive, enthusiastic, authentic, and generous.
The article specifically says to avoid being:
1. The Superficial Networker, who engages only in surface-level interaction with as many people as possible, mistakenly believing that a bigger network is better.
2. The Chameleon, who changes interests, values, and personality to match his audience and ends up being disconnected from every group.
Use your network to grow as a musician and individual – not just to get what you want.
Article written by Isaku Kageyama, music professional at Berklee College of Music, traditional Japanese drummer and WeLoveYourSongs collaborator.
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