Help! I Hate Networking!

Sharon Moist

Lesley Bohm

Lesley Bohm

When it comes to creating and establishing business relationships, the one phrase I hear from my clients over and over again is that they "hate to network." And you know what, until two weeks ago, I was standing right there with them!

So what changed? One little thing - my attitude! So let me share what happened as a result.

As many of you know from my last newsletter, I recently spent a week in Las Vegas, attending a workshop led by my own coach. And even though this conference had nothing to do with the entertainment industry, I actually met some amazing people from the industry at the workshop!

See, here's the deal: I went there with one goal in mind, and that was to be completely open and receptive during the entire event, and to see how I could genuinely offer my help to the people there, as opposed to seeing what they could to for me. The funny thing about doing that was that people were actually lined up to speak with me, which was definitely an unexpected surprise! So let me introduce you to some of the fabulous people I met.

The first person I met was the exquisite headshot and business photographer, Lesley Bohm. Lesley has been on my radar since 2000 and I've always wanted to do a photo shoot with her, but it just never worked out. During the course of the workshop, she and I had some great conversations, and have continued them to this day. She's a fantastic woman, an amazing photographer and I'm glad that I can also now call her my friend. If you want to see her in action

Check this out video link!You Movie Poster

The second person I met was a wonderful actor named Gildart Jackson. Most of you will probably recognize his wife, Melora Hardin, from projects like The Office, 27 Dresses, and Hannah Montana: The Movie, just to name a few. What you may not know is that Gildart is a phenomenal actor in his own right, and recently wrote a script called You, which he and Melora did together, with Melora also directing the film.

At the conference, he and Melora not only showed the film to us, but they also held an hour-long Q & A after the film where they talked about the project, the process and how we, as the audience, could help them. Since that time I've had one conversation with Gildart about the movie, I'll be having another one with him tomorrow and then I'll be meeting with both he and Melora in person when I get back to Los Angeles.

Why? Because I want to help them! I have a genuine interest in helping them promote this amazing film that they made together.

Do you want to know how you can help them? I'll tell you:

1. Go to the movie's website and watch the trailer
2. Get on their email list
3. Go to You Tube or Amazon and purchase the movie
4. Watch the movie and then tell your friends about it

Tamara Gold

The last person I want to introduce you to is another fabulous woman I met named Tamara Gold. Tamara has spent years as a professional makeup artist, basically to the entire town of Hollywood. Her true passion, however, is in helping women become congruent with themselves in who they are and how the present themselves to the world. She and I had a couple of conversations about working together and will also be having a meeting when I get back to LA.

Now I realize that some of you may be thinking: "Well, it of course these people would talk to you; you were an agent; you have credibility; I don't." But here's what you need to know about that kind of thinking: these people didn't know who I was or what I did until after I asked them how I could help them.

So here's my coach's challenge to you: Start asking people how you can help them, with no strings attached. You may just be surprised at what happens as a result of doing so!

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