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“Ultimate Davos”- Ultimate Advice On Networking

Last week was the World Economic Forum, in Davos, Switzerland.  This is the event with so many private jets (1700) ferrying people that Jon Stewart led with the jet story on The Daily Show last week.

This uber-networking event brings the world’s elite in finance to network and learn from each other.  One venture capitalist and entrepreneur (who got his start as an IT staffing firm owner) attending Davos is so well connected, he’s earned the nickname “Ultimate Davos”.  This is Rich Strombeck.

The Harvard Business Review published an article this week titled 99% of Networking is a Waste of Time.  The article was written by Greg McKeown, author of Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less.  Greg interviewed Rich Strombeck to get his key insights on networking at an event like Davos, and many of the key points are fascinating.  I don’t know whether HBR or Greg chose the article title, but the more accurate quote of Strombeck is that 99% of networking events are a waste of time.

Read Greg’s article for great ideas on how to work an event (relaxed, not like a “networker”), what to wear (not suits), when to sleep (4-8 pm), how to choose parties, etc.  If you have a big event to work this year, this will give you good ideas.