The Solving for X Workshop
Is "networking" a dirty word for you?
It is for a lot of people. This class is not about the networking you know. It's about the networking that you don't.
Careers in the arts are built and survive on relationships. In order to develop those crucial connections you need to be a relationship architect and use the tools that you have to connect with the contacts you need to get further.
This workshop is about finding and using those tools so that you are on the tip of everyone's tongue in your industry.
You'll learn how to tap into the network that you currently have and how to grow that network to help you reach your goals.
You'll learn how to turn a one on one meeting into a fountain of opportunity.
You'll learn about the psychological principals that are running behind the scenes of every interaction you have with a member of the industry.
Most importantly, you'll learn about managing your relationships so you can get the most out the network you currently have and the network you have yet to build.
The next workshop will be Saturday October 22nd from 10am- 2pm.
Seating is strictly limited to provide maximum personal attention.
The Location will be at Paul Michael's The Network Studios on 242 West 36th st.
Schedule 10am-1pm workshop, 1pm-2pm focused networking and discussion.
See below for what others had to say about the seminar.
"Even if you think you are a great networker, I highly recommend this class! Mike delves so much deeper than how to effectively schmooze at a social event. He challenges you to continue to reasses where you are and how to get where you want to be, and offers you tools that allow you to take the reins in shaping your career with confidence and an open mind."---Mara Lee Gilbert- Actress
"If you are feeling lost or completely overwhelmed in this industry (and maybe find yourself stuck in approach/avoidance mode), then this is the class for you! After the 4 hour session with Michael, I felt inspired, rebooted, and completely recharged. I feel like I have a new understanding of "networking," and that gives me the confidence to get out there and meet people. I can't express enough the value of this workshop"- Brittany Kriger- Actress
"It was a fun group of people and a very enjoyable morning. I also appreciated the simplicity of the workshop and enjoyed the exercises. The specificity with how to find ways to help others was great too... especially at parties... I got to go to one that afternoon and attempt to try stuff out."- Kristin Stewart Chase- Actress
"It was refreshing to be with so many people with great goals and aspirations. I thought you had some great points and I definitely feel it was a good investment for me. "- Megan Hartig -actress
"I really liked the exercises with people and the review/reflection of how we did. That really helped me gained some perspective on how I was networking." - Orion Delwaterman- actor
"That was a great workshop/ Thank you! I think you covered some great topics, offered a lot of helpful suggestions, and gave me some solid structure for how I can better network. One of the best activities was actually the first one, where we interviewed our neighbors and then introduced them. I think that said a lot about where I was with respect to listening, and not making it about me. I also appreciated the fact that the information you offered did indeed cross all disciplines."- Ted Kusio- Tech entrepreneur
"I found that the way you presented the workshop was a very effective combination of lecture/discussion and practical application, and the amount of information presented in the time frame was just right, without feeling either slow or overwhelming. "- Alex Mallory -Director
"All in all - the class was very successful for me. It gave me a first hand look at my comfort and non-comfort zones. I'd recommend the class to others for sure." - Jennifer Conley Darling- Producer
"Thanks so much for an effective workshop! I gained some special nuggets of information which will certainly come in handy. Right after the workshop I had a shmoozy holiday party to attend and I felt super comfortable. Thank you, thank you!"- Christine Miller- Yoga Instructor
"Michael's Solving For X Workshop was a well-designed and safe exercise in networking. He gave us helpful hints, then we immediately put them to practice - it was a great way to look for "open doors" and meet new friends in the industry."- Lilli Wosk- Musical Director and Vocal Coach
"Your workshop continues to resonate with me. The ideas that you planted in my head have motivated me to be more "in touch" with people in the industry. I loved that you reminded me that all people are just people; even those big scary people who seem to have all the power. I loved that you reminded me to connect to people as people; this is something I often forget when connecting with casting directors and talent agents. I loved that you promoted the idea that I do have something to offer and that the best way to approach any other person is with this in mind. It is incredibly empowering to start to see myself this way. "- Lily Balsen - actress
"I found it very effective that not only was there a visual breakdown of the topics we would be covering, but we actually got to get onto our feet and put them into practice. It was never a preachy, talkie workshop, and Everyone got to participate."- Amanda Marino- Actress
"Thank you for giving me so much to think about!
I actually think the most effective part of the workshop was the decision to take it. It put me in a different frame of mind. Situations that normally seem very closed to me, like dance classes, suddenly opened up. I don't typically know or speak to the people I take class with, but I know that every conversation begins with a smile. That's a decision that I realized I need to make in order to open the door.
The biggest thing I took away from the workshop itself, however, was an awareness of my weakness in "with-it-ness" and the tools needed to change that. It's something that I'm very in tune to when I teach but never thought to incorporate into social situations. I know it will prove invaluable. "- Alden Lapaglia- Choreographer
"Solving for X was a very empowering workshop. It served as an excellent tool to help jump start my career and remove a lot of the anxiety that comes with networking and maintaining connections. I would recommend it to anyone who is looking to up their game and grow their business." - Kennon Hulett- director and film editor
When & Where
Michael Roderick is the CEO of Small Pond Enterprises, LLC.
Small Pond Enterprises seeks to support connectors, innovators, and entrepreneurs with a range of personalized educational services provided by expert consultants who develop an individualized process for creating quality work that is supported by a customized, viable business model. Additionally, by connecting entrepreneurs with resources, people, and advisers, we bring disparate communities together and help them to establish mutually beneficial relationships.
At Small Pond we believe that everyone has the capacity to be an entrepreneur and we hope to foster a community of connected change-makers who are confident and self-sufficient and who have built sustainable, well-supported businesses that leave a legacy and successfully operate in both the artistic and entrepreneurial worlds.