Why I don’t talk about The Price Is Right at networking events.
Posted by Molly Wendell // in Networking
You know what I want to talk about when I go to a networking event? The Price Is Right. I love The Price Is Right!! Absolutely love it!! Not only do I watch the show, but I have the game loaded on my iPhone. Nothing makes a workout go faster than running on the treadmill during Showcase Showdown. I want to talk about Cliffhanger and how if you pick $22, $33 and $44 respectively, chances are pretty good that you’ll win. Did you see it a few weeks ago when Drew Carey scared the bejesus out of this woman when he yelled ‘that’s too much’ right in her face? I hate to laugh at someone else’s expense, but it was REALLY funny. In fact, it was just as funny the 10th time I saw it as it was the 1st time.
You want to know how to get a quick $100,000? Just go on The Price Is Right, and hope that you get picked to play Pay The Rent. Pay the Rent is a game board in the shape of a house with four stories and six grocery items. You need to place the six items in the house in such a way that the sum of the prices of the items on each story is greater than the sum of the prices of the items on the story directly below. You place one item in the mailbox (1st floor), two on the second floor (the stove and the couch), two on the third floor (TV and tub), and one in the safe in the attic.
The key here is the order. You see, most people pick the lowest priced prize as the first one – that goes into the mailbox. But that’s wrong. You need to pick the 4th lowest priced prize as the one for the mailbox. Then, for Floor 2 – pick 2 and 3, Floor 3 – 1 and 5, then put the most expensive in the Attic. And that’s how you win $100,000!!
But do I talk about this at networking functions? Only in my dreams! You see, I’m no fool. I know the company I’m keeping with my zeal for The Price Is Right. Next time I walk into an event with a bunch of people on Hoverounds, I know I’m safe to share my TPIR wisdom. But, as far as I can recall, I’ve never seen anyone stroll into a networking event on a Hoveround (or talked about their walk-in bathtub. How do get out without getting water all over the floor?). So, at networking functions, I’m pretty quiet about my love for The Price Is Right.
Then what do I talk about if not The Price Is Right? I talk about whatever the other people there want to talk about. The reason I’m there is to get to know other people. Not wax eloquent all about me. If that means they want to talk about sports or Dancing With The Stars, I’m all for it! If they want to tell me about what’s going on at their company, I’d love to hear it! If they want to give me their life story, great, tell me more!
The problem with most people is that they go to a function and just start spilling their guts. It’s the proverbial throwing up their life story onto everyone who will listen. I’m okay with this if I’m asking the questions. The problem lies with those who aren’t prompted for this info. They just start spewing.
If you want to be halfway decent at networking, and create great relationships, you need to learn to keep your trap shut. Ask the questions, let others answer. Guide the conversation, don’t monopolize it. Figure out what’s important to the person across from you and get them to talk about it. It’s amazing how the conversation can lead to a great one!
And if you ever see me at a networking function and want to talk about The Price Is Right, well, come on down!! I’d love to be a part of that conversation!