Networking tip: Listen. Then Talk.

Last night I went to a networking dinner for students at my alma mater. Unlike most of these somewhat painful events, at this one, the students were prepared and practiced so they interacted with the professionals easily. They had good 30-second "about me" intros, and...

Strategic networking

Yesterday, Keith Ferrazzi, author of Never Eat Alone, posted this little gem to his Twitter feed  (@keithferrazzi): “Having a plan for who you want to meet and WHY is no less genuine than randomly meeting people, just smarter!” So true! I think this is one of the...

Beyond networking

I've been learning a lot from all the interviewing I've been doing lately. It's one of the upsides of being a general assignment reporter. You develop just enough information about a variety of topics to be great at cocktail parties. But beyond the knowledge...

Networking gets results

Sometimes the best networking isn't networking at all. A decade ago, I moved to LA and discovered the Laurel Canyon Dog Park. Each day, my pooch, Ursa, and I would head up the street to the park. Ursa made lots of friends, and I made some, too. Among them was...
Writing pro tip: Start a writers group

Writing pro tip: Start a writers group

It's hard to become a better writer if you do most of your work in a vacuum. Forming a writers group surrounds you with other folks invested in honing their skills and garners feedback that's relevant and actionable. Why I started my first writers group Early in the...