I have had tremendous success networking at rock concerts recently, especially classic rock concerts – REO Speedwagon, STYX, .38 Special, Poison, Def Leppard, The Dead (Grateful Dead circa 2009), John Mellencamp, Counting Crows, The Police, etc. Best concert ever for networking – Australian Pink Floyd at the Paramount Theater!
Look around the audience and you see “your peers” all around you. They are Tweeting and they are LinkedIn and Facebook users as well. These folks are having a great time and they love to meet people that share their same interests. In this case, it is their interest for music and it is EXACTLY the same musical taste as YOU. How powerful is that?
So, here are some tips for making the most of it:
1. Wear a concert T-Shirt to a concert. I suggest one that is from an artist of the same genre. I recently wore a Pink Floyd shirt at a Counting Crows concert. A Tie Dye is a must for a Dead show of course.
2. Bring your camera phone and take pictures at the show. Ask others around you to take pictures with you in them. Best part – offer to e-mail the pictures to them. Of course, you will need a business card from them or at least an e-mail address and that is where the networking starts.
3. Get good seats down front. People in decision-making roles do not sit in the back.