131: Have a plan when attending networking events - with Rob Kochanski
About Rob Kochanski
Rob Kochanski, host of the Local First Podcast, as a Local business owner himself (Home Solutions Realty LLC), had an interest in meeting other smart Local business owners and fascinating entrepreneurs. When I started to reach out to these people and started talking to them, I realized others needed to hear their stories too. These were Local experts in their respective fields, smart and intelligent, not to mention, many had discovered unique ways to impact the lives of others.
Why did you create, Local First Podcast?
“Well, you know it really started out as an idea about 15 years ago, sitting on the front porch of my brother's house drinking beer. And at the time as websites were coming out, I wanted to create a website that brought everybody together.”
How has networking affected your business and personal life?
“This past year when I joined the Brookfield chamber of commerce and from there, they have an incredible program to really help you get involved…”
What has you fired up about the future?
“the people that I have lined up for next year. The guests that are going to be on the show and where the podcast is going to take me. And not only that but the networking with other people and continuing on those relationships.”
Can you share with me your most successful or favorite networking story/experience that you’ve had?
“It was about three-four months after joining the Brookfield chamber and really doing a lot of one on ones and talking to people. Its one thing to do your 30-second pitch or whatever it may be during that conversation that you have…”
How do you stay in front of, or best nurture your network community?
“One, keep going to those networking events. The more you show up the more that people are going to see you and you got to show up….”
What advice would you offer to the business professional who is looking to grow their network?
“Be strategic about who you meet. At first, you want to go out and meet as many people as you can. But once you get that initial group you want to ask people who they know and who is a good fit for you…”
Digital networking or traditional networking?
“Face to face, I think that is more valuable than the digital. My first podcast I relied solely on digital and social media to connect with people and it did not work very well…”
If you could go back 20 years, what would you tell yourself to do more or less of regarding your career?
“I would have found a mentor. At that particular time, I didn’t have the mentorship that I do have now or the people I have surrounding me now that have helped me over the years…”
We’ve all heard of the 6 degrees of separation… Now, who would be the one person you’d love to connect with and do you think you could do it within the 6th degree?
“On my list is to have Tim Ferris on the show. And I don’t know how I’m going to get there. But I put it out there, I put it in my metadata…”
What book are you reading right now?
“I’m constantly reading and one of my favorite books from the beginning of this year is James Altucher, ‘Reinvent Yourself’ which was really cool. It’s the premise that you can do pretty much anything you want, and you don’t have to do it all at one time as long as you allow yourself to better yourself by 1% each day.”
Any final words of advice for our listeners?
“You got to show up. Even when you wake up in the morning and you got to be there at seven o’clock, show up. You are going to find out once you get there, you are going to have some fun, be open in talking with people…”
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