This article serves as a follow-up to a previous edition of how online networking can help boost an artist’s career. For this edition, we are taking it back to the old-school pre-covid days when people actually met and talked to one another in person. With live interactions, the stakes are higher as the person is not only looking at your profile or online messages, they are perceiving you on the spot, which can be more rewarding or devastating.
The most common places where musicians meet are at events, workshops and conferences. Therefore, it’s very good to be as prepared as possible by knowing the attendees and doing some research on them before going– It’s important to know the people you are conversing with.
Having a speech prepared is also vital, a 30-second pitch of who you are, what you do and what makes you stand out. You will be required to reiterate that sentence many times as the goal is to talk to as many people as possible.
Last but not least, talk with people as if you’re trying to be friends with them rather than looking for an opportunity. Your authentic approach will dismantle their guards and perceive you as a normal person as opposed to someone wanting something out of them.