Just yesterday, I found myself immersed in the world of actual strategic marketers and brand managers here in Oklahoma City. Nine years ago in 2002, I could not say the same. It seemed as if my Marketing degree was of very little use in the economy but particularly, within this job market. In 2011, I am happy to report this is not the case.
Yesterday I found myself at the Oklahoma City chapter’s American Marketing Association (AMA) monthly meeting. To talk with like-minded individuals passionate about marketing, society, entertainment (video games in particular) and other topics was an extremely energizing experience. I caught up with Josiah, a friend of mine for over 7 years. Both being new to this new group of individuals, we banded together and put ourselves out there for acceptance. And it was awesome. I’ve always thought of networking as calculated conversations occurring with closed social circles.
To my surprise, networking is surrounding yourself with a group of like-minded individuals, buidling rapport, and listening. My grandmother always taught me that you have two ears and one mouth for a reason and little did I know that tip would be applicable today. Find a group that’s interested in what you are and jump in. You’ll be surpised how easy it is to network.