Monday, 31 October 2016

Rule 55: Know where to hang out, and when


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Genius Billionaire Advertising Guru, Biodun Shobanjo 


There are always key places where the high and mighty gathers at formal and informal times.  You need to check these places out and use them, as important places to garner information, make contacts, be seen and make an impact.  Outside of work there will be a watering hole used by senior bosses. 
It might be the golf club 19th hole, the local pub, a certain restaurant, a club.  Whatever, wherever.  It is your duty to know where this is.  Now don’t go rushing in there and make a complete prat of yourself.  You have to spy out the land, reconnoiter the territory so as to be informed of everything you need to know before going in.  Does the restaurant have a dress code or style you should know about?  Is there a waiting list for membership of the gold club?  Is the pub the sort of place you’d go alone or should you go with your partner?  Is the club easy to join?  Can you just hang out with the bosses without looking out of place?  Are these places the sort you could just happen to be there, ‘I was just passing’ or will it be obvious, that you are hanging around waiting to make a move?

You have to be careful with this one, but you should know where they meet and the accessibility of such places.  Chances are you might choose never to go there.  That’s fine.  But if it crops up in conversation you will have an edge just knowing where they go – knowledge is power.

“GET YOUR FACE KNOWN, GET YOUR NAME KNOWN”.
In work there may be a corridor where they hang out next to the coffee machine or photocopier.  You can always make sure you happen to be passing.  Get your face known, get your name known.
 “At formal occasions perhaps the bosses all nip out for a smoke.  Even if you don’t indulge you can still pop out yourself and be part of that smoking gang”
At formal occasions perhaps the bosses all nip out for a smoke.  Even if you don’t indulge you can still pop out yourself and be part of that smoking gang.  Or maybe they all like to visit the bar before going into the conference or whatever.  Make sure you are there first so you don’t have to have an excuse for dropping in.

 (Excerpts from THE RULES OF WORK by Richard Templer Read “How to Understand Social Protocols” from The Rules tomorrow on Asabeafrika)

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