Independent Music Guide is pleased to be attending Music Biz 2019 in Nashville for an epic 4 days of networking with industry leaders from across the globe. The conference is scheduled for May 5-8 and will cover hot button issues that affect the future of the music business, as well as forging relationships that will last for years to come. Here are some tips for networking when you attend Music Biz 2019 (or any other conference) in order to make the most of your opportunities while there.
1. Show an interest in people, not just music.
When at a music conference, it’s easy to think that everyone there wants to talk about the industry while there. However, when networking with an industry professional, you’ll want to save that talk for another day. If you begin the conversation with your music/career, you’ll immediately put the individual in “work mode”, which doesn’t help to develop personal relationships. Instead, you’ll want to approach people you meet with an open mind and a genuine interest in what makes them tick. Take an interest in things that interest them outside of the industry and open up by saying something like, “Hi, I noticed that you enjoy sailing! Me too!
2. Be a good listener and ask questions.
Make sure to listen to what the other person is saying, and make sure to ask questions. Active listening and engaging other people in interesting dialogue is a good way to communicate. People enjoying talking about themselves and their interests, so showing genuine curiosity is a good door opener.
3. Don’t be a dick.
That said, don’t be a dick and talk about yourself nonstop. If you have ever been involved in a one way conversation, you’ll recognize this immediately. Nobody enjoys sitting around and listening to someone blather on and on about themselves without allowing anyone else to speak. Don’t be the asshole that monopolizes a discussion. If you find yourself in the company of someone who does this, kindly remove yourself and find someone else who you can truly connect with.
4. Don’t be shy.
Conferences are a great opportunity to meet others who you naturally have similar interests with, and networking is the key to forge friendships that can last a lifetime. If you see someone you find interesting, ask for an introduction. Even if the introduction is brief, you have opened a door that was previously closed. Another way to expand your network is to attend lunches with other attendees. You’ll find out much more information about key components of the convention that you may have previously missed, what panels to best, and also create relationships that can lead to more career enhancing opportunities in the future.
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