EditorialsBy Matt Bud, Chairman, The FENG

It has been said that everything you really need to know, you learned in kindergarten.

A few years ago, I had the great pleasure of going trick or treating with my grandson. It is one of those things you obviously can’t do at my age unless you have grandchildren living nearby, and I am so blessed. It was a little cold and windy here in Connecticut that night, but it was one of those opportunities you just can’t miss.

As my son and I wandered around the immediate neighborhood where my grandson lives, it was obvious that although most of the houses were decorated in the spirit of Halloween, there were also quite a few houses that weren’t decorated and in fact had their lights off. I have to assume that these folks didn’t want anyone to ring their bell.

Now I know you are all wondering how this relates to the primary activity of The FENG which is networking, networking and more networking, but trust me it does.

What is not entirely obvious when you write to someone and/or call them is that they have no networking decorations up and that their lights are off.

My grandson wanted to know what to do about these dark houses and I told him, you just move to the next house. In this world, there are more than enough people who WANT to play, that you shouldn’t waste time trying to contact folks who prefer hiding. THEY are the ones who are missing out on all the fun.

The FENG has a little over 50,000 members. Whether you are trying to track down old friends, make new networking contacts to add to your “inner circle of friends,” or trying to find folks who have worked at firms on your target company list, there are more than enough individuals you will be successful in communicating with that you shouldn’t waste your time “worrying” why some of them aren’t getting back to you.

The only things that count in this world are the number of candy bars you get when you ring door bells. If they’re not home, or are home but want to pretend they aren’t, there honestly isn’t much you can do about it.

Some people just don’t get it. Yes, I’m afraid they “walk among us.” Not to worry. There are more than enough Fanatic FENG’ers to keep you busy until the cows come home. (As we used to say in Indiana.)

Regards, Matt

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