You know what there needs to be more of around here? There needs to be more mentors…or even just some sort of way to connect people in this industry.
When I first started doing a little bit of traveling with my dad I personally didn’t know many people in this business. And it can be scary to put yourself out there and show up to some tradeshow cocktail function where you don’t know a single person. I see it all the time, especially with young people. They show up because they would like to meet new people and form connections with others who have similar interests, but everyone has their little groups already and everyone else seems to already know each other…and it can be intimidating. Yeah, I’ve felt it and I’ve been there before too.
Luckily for me I usually had my dad to fall back on. He would introduce me to people and I’d get to tag along for dinners and cocktails. But not everyone has someone to show them around.
Even if it’s just a distant acquaintance across the country or someone you know you can have lunch with once a year at the Short Course – it would be nice if people had a place where they could find others to connect with. A place to connect the newbie with the old-timer with a bit of advice or the first time tradeshow attendee with the seasoned exhibitor who wouldn’t mind sparing 20 minutes to show him the must see’s.
I know there are already lots of forums and facebook pages and associations out there, but I’m talking about a place where the sole purpose is to form these sort of connections. I’d feel silly throwing out a “Hey, let’s meet for drinks” on a facebook page where everyone is talking about plant ph or recent county regulations or things IGC’s should do…