Playing the Numbers Game and Succeeding in Professional Networking

Shirin Salemnia is Founder & CEO of PlayWerks Inc. ( In this video she discuses playing the numbers game and succeeding in professional networking.

  1. Networking is the ultimate goal
  2. Every “no” is one step closer to “yes”
  3. Maintain a clear vision of your goals
  4. People respond to authenticity & passion
  5. Share & visualize your end results

Everyone says when you start a company, it’s like a number’s game of people that you meet and you never know who you’re going to meet so you really have to network everywhere, wherever you go. And playing the number’s game and succeeding, I think, go hand in hand because it’s all about networking. And at the end of the day, it doesn’t really matter what you do but it’s really about networking. So, I mean, you’re going to hear nos all the time and doors will get shut in your face and you just have to figure out how to go in from the back door. I mean, just got to get one step closer and every “no” is like a one step closer to a “yes”. So just keep that in mind. You got to keep moving forward, no matter what.

And it’s really, really key to have a clear vision and really be, like, a visionary but also have your goals in mind, because if you lose thatk, then it’s not good, it’s not good at all. And I think a lot of things that people see especially when you’re networking professionally is that you’re authentic and you’re really passionate and you really have to convey that message, you know, to everyone that you meet and staying true to yourself is like really key there. It’s a big deal.

And, sharing your visions and your end results and your goals. I mean, being really clear and concise about it because people see you and they think, wow, you know, this person says they want to take over the world, they want to do this and they want to do that. And you know, that’s how you get people on board. You really are connecting authentically with people and really, you know, succeeding as you move along. So just remember every “no” is really one step closer to a “yes” and don’t get discouraged because, you know what? Whenever you come up with something news, it’s always… you’re always going to hear no’s and that’s just kind of the lay of the land. But you know what? You’re going to succeed and hey, Walt Disney, you know? It’s the perfect example. He went to like 500 people and they all said no. But 501 said yes. And you know, now it’s an empire. It’s not just like his vision of Mickey Mouse and stuff. So keep that in mind. It is a numbers game and you’re going to succeed, you know, when you’re networking professionally.