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“Nobody Likes Networking” Online Class Being Offered By AES To Its Membership

Three-session, limited-attendance course presented by veteran pro audio and consumer electronics marketing and sales professional Mike Dias slated to kick off on Thursday, January 27.
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Mike Dias will be presenting “Nobody Likes Networking: A Practical Human Connection Class for Audio Professionals" online beginning January 27.

The Audio Engineering Society invites its membership to join Mike Dias, a marketing and sales professional for the pro audio and consumer electronics communities, for his upcoming online presentation of “Nobody Likes Networking: A Practical Human Connection Class for Audio Professionals.”

The member-exclusive, hands-on, three-part online course will break down expanding a network of connections into simple steps. The course, which begins on Thursday, January 27, 2022 and continues with additional content for two consecutive Thursdays, is intended to provide attendees the tools and confidence needed to turn contacts into relationships and to help them advance in their careers and personal lives through helping others succeed.

“Networking isn’t just one potential route to finding a new job — it’s actually the most effective path,” Career Horizons president Matt Youngquist stated in a recent NPR interview. “At least 70 percent, if not 80 percent, of jobs are not published.” That statistic is validated by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics stating in a recent report that “70 percent of all jobs are found through networking.”

“We get it. You don’t like networking,” Dias explains. “Just the mere thought of having to do it makes you feel uncomfortable and uneasy. But you also intuitively know and understand that your career depends on it and that your best jobs and opportunities often come from people you know.”

Dias’ networking philosophy comes from decades of research combined with his experience navigating the music industry and in the application of tools like CRM systems to making effective connections. He is a frequent speaker, the author of the “Networking From 6 Feet” column in Pro Sound News, the executive director for the In-Ear Monitor International Trade Organization and vice president of sales for Earthworks Audio.

“Our members rely on the AES to aid in the advancement of their technological knowledge and skills,” adds AES executive director Colleen Harper. “They have further requested non-technical resources to help them learn and prosper personally and in their careers. Our colleague and AES Member, Mike Dias, has a well-earned reputation for guiding such growth. The Society is simply delighted to offer this enriching series of presentations.”

Registration is now open for the course, consisting of 30-minute classes at 3 pm U.S. Eastern time on January 27, February 3 and February 10. Registration is strictly capped at 50 participants and open only to AES members (Associate and Student Members included). Registration is $50; however, registrants who attend all sessions will have their full registration returned as a credit to their AES account for application to future membership dues or event registrations.

“No one is a natural-born networker,” says Dias. “But skilled networking is a practice that anyone can learn and follow. There is no better time to start investing in yourself and your future than right now – life truly is about who you know.”

Further information is available on the AES.org website event page, including a link to registration. As noted, attendance is strictly limited to the first 50 registrants and, with participation in all sessions, net free with the registration rebate.

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