Championship Networking Tip – Be Early and Step Up!

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Be Early and Step Up!

Eric Shaw is a Green Bay Packers fan.  Eric reminds us that Vince Lombardi used to say if you’re not 10 minutes early, you’re late.  For those of us who live in L.A., it’s imperative to leave in plenty of time in order to arrive early.

When networking, it’s particularly important to arrive early.  Why?  So you can create an opportunity to meet the other early-birds informally and explain yourself and what you do.

Upon arrival, greet the host.  Then, if there is a speaker or special guest, take the time to great them personally.   That speaker then gets to know you on a one-on-one basis.  Think about it.  If you attend an event to hear the speaker, whether they are an agent, director, or fellow actor, what could be better than some personal face time?

Who knows?  When you network effectively, influential entertainment industry people can quickly become good friends.

On a larger scale, Lombardi’s advice works brilliantly, regardless of whether you’re attending an audition, rehearsal, or meeting.  Get there 20 minutes early and create opportunities.

The early bird catches the worm is not just a slogan your Mom used to teach you … it’s an effective networking tool!

Remember, the way you do anything is the way you do everything!!


101 steps everyone should master in order to become a Champion Networker. Practice these steps daily and they will eventually become reflex, both in business and in daily life. Refer to them whenever necessary; employ them with reliability. [Order]

And remember, the way you do anything is the way you do everything!

Championship Networking is a column on Actors Reporter, a site on the Actors Podcast Network, a Pepper Jay Production.