#63 One of the greatest sources of inspiration is simply meeting new people. So…are you out there introducing yourself?
For some of you this is easy. Going to social events or client “mingling/networking” events, you find it almost second nature to work your way into conversations or opportunities. But for some of you, this experience is like getting hot pokers stuck into your eyes. Either way, getting out to inspiring lectures and going to networking events are crucial to building your personal and professional networks. I have come to love meeting new people and hearing their stories, what makes them tick and what inspires them in life. That gives me energy, ideas and exposure to different ways of thinking that makes me a better designer and communicator (especially when the people are very different then me).
Still not sure where to start? You can join your local AIGA chapter, Art Directors Club, Marketing Associations, or a community organization. Or you can meet new people through your favorite social media or build up courage by reading books. We recommend a combination of all of it.
For some book inspiration it’s hard to beat this classic:
How to Win Friends and Influence People
Something more recent:
Never Eat Alone
What do you do to get out and meet new people? Any great book suggestions? Who is the most inspiring person you have met or that is in your life?