Yep, you read that right. In 2014 I was reminded of the validity of one of my favorite phrases, “closed mouths don’t get fed.” I’d always wanted to see Boyz II Men live and in 2014 I saw they were coming to the Los Angeles County Fair. I wanted to attend the show, but more than that, I wanted to meet them, talk to them, get to know them–I knew this was my chance!
Turns out, I had no known connection to Boyz II Men, but I took inventory of what I DID have. I was a writer for a digital magazine, I had a strong network and a pretty good Facebook presence. I decided to try my luck with Facebook and created a pretty basic status.
“I need an email contact for Boyz II Men’s current management team.” That’s it, that’s all. I was straight to the point in asking for what I needed and within the 28 comments got exactly that.
From this status, I was connected with a man that indeed had connections to Boyz II Men’s management team. I let him know I was interested in covering the LA County Fair Show and doing an interview with Boyz II Men. He worked on setting this up for me.
Turns out Boyz II Men wanted me to come to Las Vegas for a residency show to have a better experience than their fair show. My schedule wouldn’t allow it. They promised to keep in touch as they planned their promo tour for the new album, “Collide.” A month later they were back in LA and my bestie and I were front and center. We caught an amazing show and were able to interview and get to know more about the members of Boyz II Men and their musical passions.
Here are the networking takeaways:
- Know what you want: I got exactly what I wanted because I knew what I wanted. It’s important that you take time with yourself to really map out what it is you want and what you need to help you get to it. This helped me streamline my ask and made it really easy for people to decide if they could or could not help me.
- Open your mouth and ask: When I wrote this status Facebook was in it’s prime but didn’t have the recommendation feature. In 2020, we have SO MANY social platforms and networking platforms in general, it’s a must that we use them to influence our success. The worst thing someone can say to you is no, and that no doesn’t move you back it simply keeps you where you are. So, what’s the big deal?
- Make good on your promise(s): This part is really important. Whatever you say you’re going to do, do it. I said I was going to cover the show and publish that with the interview in our digital magazine and I did. Your reputation precedes and proceeds you. My Facebook Friend felt comfortable sharing her contact with me because she knew I was responsible. If you can’t make good on your word don’t go through with your plan of action. It’s not worth gambling your connections over.
Everything you want and need is within reach. It all comes down to you taking the first step to making the ask. Want to learn more about leveraging your network? Hit me up!