I love teaching networking because it is such a valuable skill for musicians. And my recent networking class at Yale was such a treat because for the first time ever, I had a group where nearly half of the students enjoy networking! As a result, my “experienced” networkers were able to share their successes with their colleagues which both reinforced the importance of networking and showed other students what to do in order to incorporate networking into one’s arsenal of career-building tools.
The bottom line: networking involves both your head—being strategic—and your heart-being intuitive and sensitive to building quality relationships.
Let’s take a closer look at what worked.