One Does Not Simply Walk Into Mordor
People say "It's not what you know, it's who you know." But what if you don't know anyone? What if you didn't go to the right school? What if you're so outside the club, you didn't even know there *was* a club? As much as social media has erased barriers and made it feel like we're all part of one big happy tweet-party, in many ways other barriers have been reinforced - the kind that require "a warm intro" or invitations to inner circles or forwarded emails of job openings kept on private networks. It's hard enough to find the gates - then you have to get past the gatekeepers. There are "ways to do things" - and then there are the ways to get around those ways. Rachel Sklar and Nilofer Merchant have been there, and know that in order to beat the system, you have to know how it works. (Also, they're impatient for the system to change.) This presentation will identify the natural defaults that favor privilege - so that you can blow them up.
Additional Supporting Materials
- What's the best way to leverage your friends - and their friends - for professional enhancement and advancement?
- ...without seeming opportunistic & shady?
- How can you identify and reach out to gatekeepers?
- How can you establish authentic relationships with gatekeepers (or the gatekeepers to those gatekeepers, i.e., their assistants)?
- 50% of the workforce is fluid - the era of staying in a job for years and years is long gone. What are the best ways to build a solid, reliable network in the gig economy?
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