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Going To The VO Atlanta Conference This
Week? How To Network Without Being A Bore
February 27, 2018

By Dave Courvoisier
Voice Actor

Dale Carnegie's 1936 book, How to Win Friends and Influence People, will forever be the iconic handbook on human relationships that may even transcend the Social Media revolution.

At the danger of over-simplifying the elementary psychological principles underlying Carnegie's wisdom, you could say the essence of his self-help book explains how to emphasize other's self-importance to your advantage during interactions between you.

In other words, everyone likes to talk about themselves, so when you take the time to seem interested, and listen to THEIR story, you make an impression.

Humility is a powerful tool.


So, how does this apply to networking at a mega-VO-conference like VO Atlanta (this week, March 1-4)?

After the "Hello," ask what's the latest in THEIR world. For instance:
  • How are the kids/husband/wife/dog/cat/parents?
  • How was their trip to Atlanta?
  • What's their latest success story?
  • Are they having a good time at the conference?
  • What are they hoping to learn?
  • Who have they seen so far?
Does this sound elementary to friendly human relational discourse? You'd be surprised.

And then ...
  • If the other person manages to get in one of those questions to elicit a response from you, make sure your answer is short, then move on to the next question for THEM on the list.
  • Remember their name, and use it when talking to them. Ask THEM for a business card, and just give them one back as they give you theirs.
  • Make sure it's Ok for you to email/call them as a follow-up to the conference.
Remember,  you're there to learn and to meet people (network), so don't muddy the waters with a lot of gobbledygook about yourself (well…. a little, maybe).

PS: The same general principles work for email exchanges, phone calls and personal encounters with prospective clients. Remember to keep it short, courteous and respectful, and very few will find fault with that. 

YOU are your business.  Let your conduct reflect your professionalism.

See ya in Atlanta!
Dave Courvoisier is a full-time voice actor and audiobook narrator based in Las Vegas, where was formerly an Emmy Award-winning broadcaster, producer and the main weeknight news anchor on KLAS-TV, Channel 8, the CBS affiliate. He also writes Voice-Acting in Vegas, a daily blog of voice over adventures, observations and technology, and is author and publisher of the book, More Than Just A Voice: The Real Secret To VoiceOver Success. And (when does he sleep?) he is current president of the World-Voices Organization, the non-profit association of voice actors.

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