It’s still all about who you know.
Networking can be a real pain in the ass. Standing around a fancy venue, making small talk with strangers, collecting more business cards is enough to make you never want to wear another “Hello! My Name Is” sticker ever again—unless you build your networking efforts around a sense of purpose and specific outcomes, that is.
The hardest part is often just getting up and going. You can make it easier on yourself by having a plan, being super selective in the events you attend, and focusing on meeting like-minded individuals—the more you can give, the more you’re likely to get out of your networking efforts. Remember what it’s all about.
Meet Justin Gray
Justin is a serial entrepreneur and the CEO and founder of LeadMD, the world’s largest revenue operations agency having implemented over half of the Marketo user base. Justin has made a career of launching successful companies and scaling them, with successful exits of over 200MM+ in the last decade. Justin’s latest endeavor launched in 2016 when he co-founded Six Bricks an online learning startup designed to combat employee and customer churn through experience-based education. Over the past 10 years, Justin has emerged as a strong voice for entrepreneurship, marketing and culture. As a recognized speaker, Justin has been published over 350 times in industry publications and holds his own column, Tribal Knowledge in Inc., while writing for Entrepreneur, Tech Crunch and others. Justin and his wife Jennifer met over marketing and three years later welcomed their son, Grayson, into the world in April of 2017.