How to close when networking [video]

I wanted to share with you my video about closing. When you close the deal, you essentially have locked something in. In terms of networking, it just means getting their contact information. If you don’t ask for their contact information, you’ll likely never see them ever again. When that really sinks in, it should overtake your fear, or self conscious thinking of ‘is it appropriate?’, ‘what do i say?’… all that stuff.

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Watch ‘The Birth Of A Designer’ talk for free: FULL VIDEO HERE

On the 27th of August, 2015 I delivered a talk titled ‘The Birth Of A Designer’ at deFrost* in the studio of Frost* Collective, Surry Hills – NSW, Australia. This is the same talk I delivered during my USA speaking tour over November, December and January 2014/15 where I visited 22 cities during those 3 months.

If you missed the deFrost* talk or you missed my talk during my tour in the United States where I engaged with over 10,000 people, the wait is over. It’s finally up for you to watch for free right now.CONTINUE READING


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Tell Your Story and Create a Virtuous Cycle

The question: how to get work and, more importantly, how to gain a continuous supply of work with acceptable fees? Better yet, at more than acceptable fees? If you’ve done a few projects that have some similarities, the work makes you happy. But if from time to time you find yourself between projects and without enough to keep you gainfully occupied, you need to create your own personal version of a virtuous cycle.

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Why networking is more important than your bachelors degree or diploma

I congratulate you for being armed with a shiny, new arsenal of skills that you’re ready to put to use. Yes, completing University or College is indeed a huge achievement (assuming you actually attended) but is only really the beginning. Have you ever asked yourself what it takes to get your dream job as a designer straight out of school? That piece of paper is a fundamental step on the journey and will certainly be an asset you can leverage. However, even more important are the people you know and the experience you gain while you’re already studying. The sooner you start building industry relevant relationships, the better your chances are of being considered when a role is open.
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Would you swim alone with sharks? Not having a career mentor is exactly that

If you were a child and had severe asthma, and absolutely loved soccer, but found it "too hard" to play a full game, would you give up and just play Fifa 2013 on Xbox? (don't answer that, it's actually really addictive). Honestly, would you think it was impossible to become a professional soccer player with such a terrible respiratory condition? Well, David Beckham didn't. Arguably one of the greatest soccer players in the world, David still has it and has suffered with this since he was a young boy. 
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About Ram Castillo

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Ram is an award winning Design Director, Blogger, top ranking Podcaster, Speaker, CreativeLive.com Instructor and Author of two internationally acclaimed books 'How to get a job as a designer, guaranteed' and 'How to get a mentor as a designer, guaranteed'. He's based in Sydney, Australia and in 2012, started the blog GiantThinkers.com which helps thousands of design students and graduates be employed. Ram has since been featured in Communication Arts, HOW magazine, Herman Miller, deFrost*, AIGA.org and Apple.

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