As I am preparing for my new role at the Yale School of Music as Coordinator of Career Strategies, I have been talking to a number of people in the field who are also devoted to helping musicians succeed in their careers. This week alone, I have had 3 conversations about networking and how critical it is to career success. Most musicians know this. Yet, so often they are reluctant to do start networking because of an underlying fear about networking. In my classes and private sessions, I often hear how scared people are to network because they think that they have to “sell” themselves. If that’s the predominant thought, no wonder people shy away from networking! So it’s important to come up with a new way of thinking about networking:
Connect + Share + Be Relevant
Not so hard, right?
In fact, when I introduce this concept to my students and my clients, I hear a collective sigh of relief in the room! And once they have a new way of thinking about networking, it becomes much easier to embrace the principles and start networking.