New Networking

Recently I had a friend visit Miami for the first time. I took him all over town, and introduced him to as many people as possible while he was here.
Text by Jorge Arauz, Editor in Chief. Photo by Mario Pascual | June 17, 2018 | Lifestyle

On his last day, as we sipped a mojito in Mary Brickell Village, I asked him what he liked most about the city. He didn’t hesitate. “I love that whenever you meet somebody, regardless of the circumstances, one of the first questions most people ask is What do you do?,” he said. “That doesn’t happen back home.” Huh? I wasn’t expecting that response. Most people like the weather, the beaches, the endless opportunities to have fun. But then I got to thinking. In the weeks that followed, I became conscious of this phenomenon. He was right. After asking for your name, the next question most Miamians ask is “What do you do?” Having grown up in The Magic City my whole life, I guess I just got used to it. Everyone’s got business cards, most events are centered around networking for one thing or another — whether it be for work, charity or socializing. I think this is one of the major reasons why business-minded people are drawn to our part of the world. There are a lot of successful transplants in town, as there are successful natives. It’s no wonder so many major corporations and businesses are fighting for lucrative spaces all over town. If you read my letters each month, you know that I’m all about trying new things and doing something different as often as possible. So here’s a challenge for this month: While you’re out meeting people, try to avoid asking anyone you encounter what they do for a living. And if you get asked the question, bring this letter up as a response. You might be surprised at what you can learn from somebody when work isn’t part of the equation. Just don’t forget to exchange business cards before you part ways. It’s a great way to stay in touch.

Jorge Arauz

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