I spent Tuesday evening at a bar in San Diego with Dave Manaster, Gerry Crispin, John Sumser, Ben Gotkin, Jason Corsello, Jonathan Goodman, and a whole host of other guys who have accomplished important and relevant stuff in their careers. They all had great stories to tell about recruiting, travel, and life on the conference circuit. It’s funny how everyone knows everyone and the industry — it’s so tight-knit.
Another observation? These guys how to work a room and speak with conviction. I watched and learned.
It reminds me of the best networking tip I ever heard, which is from the movie Planes, Trains & Automobiles. Steve Martin’s character goes berserk on John Candy’s character and says, “And by the way, you know, when you’re telling these little stories? Here’s a good idea — have a POINT. It makes it SO much more interesting for the listener!”
I don’t have especially sage HR advice, but my aforementioned experience at the bar confirms that everything you need to know about life and your career can be found in a Steve Martin or John Candy movie. Especially Planes, Trains & Automobiles or Uncle Buck.