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How to grow your network of clients & friends

One of the most common questions I get from other photographers or people interested in my line of work is, “So how’d you get this gig?” And while the short answer of it may be simple “A past client referred me when their friend asked for a recommendation on a photographer”…the dynamic behind it all […]

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Phil Lambert - This has to be the best one I have seen in a while:


Very good read.February 8, 2013 – 4:04 pm

Kristin Bobb - Thanks so much for sharing this, Tim! I really loved the video, he is hilarious, and so smart.February 8, 2013 – 6:38 am

Anastasiya - I am not in the photography business. In fact, i am in no business at all. But you’ve described the kind of behavior im trying to practice in every day life. Like you said, I’ve experienced being just a number to somebody and it’s not the most pleasant thing ever, so i cut these people off (gently, step by step), and i am making sure none of the people who matters to me feel like “just a number’.It’s so important for everybody to know that they matter!February 8, 2013 – 2:50 am

Lisa Strickland - Great piece, Tim. There’s value in being genuine – thanks for reminding us not to lose sight of that.February 7, 2013 – 10:24 pm

Cajsa Andersson - Well, Tim, you are inspiring! And I guess I got a little bit to deep into this. BUT, if you want to read about what I think and my evaluation of it all take a look at;

Best regards,
CajsaFebruary 7, 2013 – 8:02 pm

amber fischer - Holy mother, you’re so right. As I read this I could see certain people in my mind who have done this to/for me – sent me links just because they thought of me, told their friends about my business, shot me a text to say “hi.” Those people stand out in my mind as being super awesome…. and I totally want other people to think of ME as being super awesome. Seriously, you’re onto something here. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Really great stuff for everyone – not just those trying to build a business and market.February 7, 2013 – 6:04 pm

Natalie Holtz - Very informative and great tips.February 7, 2013 – 5:46 pm

Michael - Epic post my friend. You know, I’ve been in the same industry for over 25 years, but STILL need to remind myself how important it is to not loose touch of the fact that we are all people, with real feelings, real insecurities, and ultimately in need if real connections. It’s easy to loose site of that. Thanks for the reminder!February 7, 2013 – 5:34 pm

Danny - Excellent post Tim! Loved the line “no cover bands in the rock and roll hall of fame”…so true.

This post rang true for me, I have a couple of friends whom I considered close only to find out I had only started to hear from them when they needed something or had extreme negativity to pass along. Was extremely off putting as you said. I called them out on it only to have them back pedal, deny and attempt to weasel out of what was clear as day, but the damage was done…this was a repeated pattern over several years. No time to waste on people like that in our lives.

And yes, doing things for others without some quid pro quo attached is one of the keys to truly becoming a person of sound character. While at the same time staying top of mind to those in your social vortex, so when and if they can help YOU out they’ll willingly to do. You’re a good man Tim, keep up passing on the wisdom :)February 7, 2013 – 5:05 pm

Heather - LOVE that you’re writing again, I love following you and your adventures! Thanks for sharing :-)February 7, 2013 – 4:57 pm

5 tips on how to grow your network from scratch

A lot of people might not know this about me, but when I moved to San Diego 7 years ago, I knew absolutely NO ONE in this city, let alone California. (Before I start this post, I should tell you that this is not a post on “how to be popular” or “how to win […]

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Kirsten - Great post Tim! Really liked the idea of hosting your own events! Such a great way to bring like-minded people together & really get things rolling!December 19, 2011 – 10:26 pm

Erin Oveis Brant - I feel like you wrote this for me. Even if you didn’t, I’m going to pretend you did, okay? ;) Thank you!!!!!!!!December 19, 2011 – 7:31 pm

Saundra McBride - Tim, THANK YOU! I’ve been in a new town for a little over a year, and everyday things get a little better, but there are days where it’s hitting a brick wall. Your post is just what I needed. This is part of the core reasons for all the changes I’m doing to my branding and business. Again, thank you for the timely and insightful info.

SaundraDecember 19, 2011 – 7:14 pm

Mioara Dragan - Aaaaaaaaand Mioara’s urge to move to Cali & start anew has been reignited. Thanks a lot Tim. >_<December 19, 2011 – 5:42 pm

Ryan Lum - Thanks for the mention Tim! Great post! Completely agree with #7. I can’t tell you how much it has helped push me to new limits. You being one of the people I’m thankful for meeting as you’re definitely in my group of friends who have a passion for life. It’s very refreshing to share experiences with like-minded individuals. I look forward to many more adventures.

You’d better come to Europe and I’m booking tickets soon to make this Northern Lights trip happen..although it might be a tad shorter than expected now that I need to be in Paris by the 6th. Definitely want to hit up Iceland for the traditional Viking festival. Wanna eat putrified shark, testicles and sheep head? Haha!December 19, 2011 – 5:40 pm

Ben Hemstad - yeah dude…youre totally right about the succubus thing. i was with my chick for almost 4 years and my social life pretty much disappeared!!! Down to hang again though, let me know if you’re sitll doin football on weeknds, i work nights but can make an early afternoon gameDecember 19, 2011 – 2:13 pm

Az Moreno - Thanks for the inspiration! Number 7 is what I needed to read to remind myself :)December 19, 2011 – 2:07 pm

Ashley Goodwin - Bonus. SECRET bonus.

Thanks for the tips, kind sir. I could use a few friends out here, but, thanks to both you and Maria saying “HEY, you should meet Ashley!” (and vice versa), I have found love in Marissa Rodriguez. hahaha.

I like to think I pull people together, but I need to work on getting involved in some other groups.
holla.December 19, 2011 – 12:35 pm

Edward Harry - Nice write-up, Tim. I’ve had #7 in mind for way too many years, but I think fear of actually starting something has held me back. Need to treat it like my skydive and just go for it.December 19, 2011 – 11:25 am

Tabbitha Gonzales - I’ve done a few of the meetups…while you say you’re still deciding on them…I should say I’ve been to some that are a little strange, but there are definitely some good ones too. It’s great to put yourself out there, and sometimes you meet great friends in the strangest of circumstances!December 19, 2011 – 11:00 am

Luke H - Great post, Tim. The sports thing is an awesome idea. I’ve met some good friends and even clients through VAVI’s flag football league.

The mastermind group is also important for developing good habits in business, especially if you’re working for yourself.December 19, 2011 – 9:55 am