EditorialsBy Matt Bud, Chairman, The FENG

Let’s face it, sooner or later you are bound to have a bad day. The odds of having 365 perfect days in a row just aren’t high. It’s sort of a reverse thing to the odds of your winning the lottery. Sure, someone wins it every day, but it never seems to be me. (I guess it would help if I bought a ticket, but I am a tightwad financial guy and I would never spend the money – but I digress.) By the way, if it turns out to be you, I hope you will make a generous contribution to The FENG or buy me a new car or something.

Anyway, getting out of bed every morning, energized and ready to network really isn’t all that hard.

If you are looking for good news and a friendly email to start your day, you for sure always have one in your newsletter from The FENG. Like a box of chocolates, you just never know what surprises are in store for you in between the pages of our electronic distribution.

Okay, so you have gotten yourself psyched up for a meeting of the Association for Corporate Growth, the Turnaround Management Association or any one of a dozen networking groups where you can meet interesting people. And yet, despite wearing your best clothes and having an adequate supply of business cards, you fail to meet a single person who can help you. Hey, Gump happens. What you need to recognize is that the process is important too. You went to the meeting, you stayed awake during the presentation, and you made a significant effort to meet others and exchange business cards. Friends, that’s all that you can do.

Like falling off a horse, you need to get back on. Don’t allow the feelings of failure to even begin to get under your skin. So, how do you get your energy back? May I suggest calling a few members of The FENG? (Yes, I know I am always bringing up my evil plan of getting you to make a few new friends each and every week from within our membership. Sorry, but it is hard wired into my system.)

Depending on how down you really are, and if it is a REALLY deep funk, call a few new members. What do they know? They’ll talk to anyone! Next, pick someone from your chapter or from one of your special interest groups. In this way, you will be more likely to “connect” and have a warm fuzzy conversation.

Exactly how many members of The FENG have you been able to add to your “Inner circle of friends?” If it is less than 50, you have some work to do. As you focus your energies to identifying fellow members to call, you will find your stress from having experienced an unsuccessful networking event fading away. The truth is that every meeting you attend and every call you make is honing your networking skills.

While accounting and finance are the skill sets we use to earn a living when we are employed, finding jobs on a regular basis and knowing how to go about it are the keys to finding employment.

By the way, if you aren’t up to any of the above activities to get yourself reenergized on a particular day, I don’t recommend kicking the dog (I’m a dog lover, so don’t even think about it) or screaming at other drivers and honking your horn on the way home (road rage is a bad idea and doesn’t become a CFO or Controller type).

Honestly, networking is probably safer and will get you back in the groove a lot faster. (By the way, we always have our Member Directory Search feature waiting for you on our website for your information and use.) If you have never signed in before, your user name is your email. Type that in and then click below where it says: I forgot my password. A one-time only link will be sent to you if you are a member.

Regards, Matt

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