Even though I have only been in my position for five years, I have learned a ton in those five years. Part of my position is to help coordinate events, and most of the time, these events have little to no budget. Even though that is a well-known fact, most of the time, my bosses look at me and tell me to make it happen. The first time this happens, I freaked a little. How do I put something together that costs money with little to none? While reading Winning Angels, I got to section 16 in sourcing, and it hit home. The section is titled “Build a network in one industry,” The first quote talked about how it is who you know sometimes, not what you know. I have learned that this is a very true statement.
In addition to coordinating events, my department also handles community affairs and public relations (AKA networking land mine). This aspect has helped me more than anything else on my resume. I have a book of contacts that I use in particular times and events. Now, do not get me wrong; this is not a one-way street. I help my contacts when I can, and they often help in return. I work for a non-profit community organization; they know the help they give goes to a good place. I know this is not precisely what the book was speaking on, but this is how I use this idea in my world.
My boss has stressed over the years the importance of picking and choosing when to go to one particular person asking for funding. You can not ask the same two sources over and over again. They tend to get tapped out if you do, and you do not want that to happen. Learning to balance everyone has been a long learning process but extremely helpful in the end.
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