Networks are everywhere and they help determine how a lot of the things that get done happen, especially today. In this edition of the CSUF Entrepreneurship Insider Director Jackson discusses the importance of networking as a way to increase opportunities all around and provides links to a few events that are a good way to increase your network.
One thing of interest to note is that a couple of the events listed are not hosted by Cal State Fullerton, one of them is actually hosted by Cal Poly. Expanding your network or, more accurately, your involvement with many different networks is a key way for you to dramatically increase your opportunities.
Briefly, networking is about creating more opportunities for yourself and for others as well. This is the case because the more people you meet and the more people you develop close bonds with the more opportunities you will have and, by extension, others will have as well. If you are an entrepreneur you need to view networking as part of your job and that means becoming an active member in your community; examples of communities are the CSUF Entrepreneurship community and your local bowling league.
Don’t mistake this for a call to go to events with your mind on selling. And networking is not all about going to events either, not by a long shot. The key part in that last paragraph was really about developing close bonds with people. These are people that you collaborate with on projects, have lunch with from time to time, or in some way communicate with on a consistent basis.
But it all starts with getting out there and meeting people. To that end, here are a mixture of four upcoming events for you that are potentially network expanding:
From Fear to Courage by American Idol’s William Hung is this Wednesday at 6pm at the CSUF Startup Incubator (Irvine) and his talk will delve into his seven steps for achieving your goals.
The Cal Poly Alumni OC Scholarship Fundraiser is this Thursday starting at 6pm and it is a great way to support bright students and to start expanding your network to people from another university.
After months of work on the part of our students, the CSUF Startup Competition Finals will be on April 6 starting at 1pm in the Titan Student Union. Come to hear the creative startup concepts that our students have come up with and to meet other entrepreneurially-minded members of the community.
On April 12 is Ignite 22, a tech showcase that is being hosted by CSUF Entrepreneurship Ambassador Jim Cooper and his company, Braid Theory. At this event you will get to meet with and learn from some of the shining lights in the tech industry.
Networking is a fascinating subject and while there are a lot of books on how to network, you have probably read at least a couple of them, there are two recent books that delve into how networks work that I think you should read. One is by CSUF Entrepreneurship Professor David Obstfeld called Getting New Things Done and the other is The Square and the Tower by Niall Ferguson. You can learn a lot from these books and they can make for good conversation starters at the next event you attend.