Last night's dinner was fun and my friend seems to be enjoying his job in Saudi (it's probably the best teaching gig there) but he's not sure about how long things will last. Price of oil yada yada yada...
Someone from the publishing company checked my LinkedIn profile.
I'll be driving to the lunch meeting around 10:30 but first I'm going to jot down some notes for the new project idea I'm excited about. I'm going to document stories from people about how they got a great professional opportunity through networking. Here's an example: My friend got his sweet job in Saudi because he got to know someone while working at another job in the Middle East (that he got laid off from) that ended up at his current place of employment and let him know about the position even though the job wasn't posted publicly. They kept in touch and she suggested he apply. Sure, he had to pass through the interview process on his own but someone cracked the door open for him. That's the power of networking that I want to show. If you have a story like that, please send me a message.
Back to business. It's 3:30pm and I just got back from my meeting. The VP of the research center and one of his office workers took me to lunch. We spoke Korean the whole time. Then we went back to the office to meet with the lead engineer on the project I was there about and we spoke English in the meeting. We discussed ways to improve their pitch to an overseas client. I'm not sure exactly when and how they will use my services but it appears likely. It would be interesting if I end up accompanying them to their big meeting in China in October. Ironically, I first met the VP while drinking beer with a mutual friend of ours who worked with me at KAIST and has since moved to Michigan. #networking
While I was there two editing requests came in (of course they did). I'll do one this afternoon and the other was promised to come in tomorrow morning. I'll have to get it done before my 1pm consultation. A translation job also came in through a friend and former client for later this month. I let my best translator know it is coming.
Around 4 my daughter called me and I took her to a doctor's appointment. It's good that I have time to do things like this with her (usually). Of course, a short editing request came in while I was out. While at the doctor's I was messaging my friend in Qatar about doing some workshops for his university and worked with him to fine tune the email introducing me to his coordinator. (Side note: He sent the email and got a reply within five minutes saying they would discuss it later. It's not a "no"!)
I worked on the editing jobs when we got back and sent a follow-up email to the research center thanking them for lunch and letting them know I am excited to work with them. The ball is now in their court.
That's it for today. It's 6:20 and getting close to dinner time. I still have some editing to do this evening and will knock it out in 15 to 30-minute spurts. Tune in tomorrow to wrap this week up.