Another of Katzenberg’s tricks is his old-fashioned etiquette. In the
age of mass e-mails and Facebook posts, Katzenberg is old school, plying
his friends with “personal calls and handwritten thank-you notes.”
Messina, Obama’s campaign manager, described him to Kroll as “one of the
best, if not the best, fundraisers out there,” and, according
to the same piece, he doesn’t ask for much in return: “No ambassadorship
to Switzerland, no regulatory tweak, no nights in the Lincoln Bedroom,”
Although, he added,: “Obama takes
Katzenberg’s calls, and he and his political adviser, visited the White House almost 50 times between them during Obama’s
I knew him fairly well in the early 80s b4 he really became Christopher Hitchens.
He had just arrived from England.
He had followed my writing in the New York Review, he said, and so called me to ask (quite boldly, and charmingly, I thought) if I would introduce him around.
I brought him to a meeting of the Dissent Magazine board at Irving Howe's apartment and we kept in touch sporadically the way one did back then, before email and free long-distance.
Once I hit my own professional turbulence and took refuge of a kind at the Harvard Business Review, we pretty much fell out of touch.
In 1991, we debated about the 1st Gulf War at Wellesley College. He was against it, I was for it tho neither of us really knew what we were talking about. Then we went out for a drink and that was pretty much that.
My Comment: The fact that he was charming made his boldness easy to take. The same behaviour by a less competent schmoozer would not have been as acceptable. And most people don't have that pzazz.
Schmooze: To converse casually, especially in order to gain an advantage or make a social connection.
The typical complaint about GenY is that we act entitled, lazy and even rude.
But here’s a soft skill GenY has mastered far better than other generations: Millennials are generous. Particularly in professional situations, 20-somethings understand the value of helping others, that what goes around comes around, perhaps especially in an increasingly digital world.
Whenever I chat with new acquaintances who are interested in learning about me or my business, some look at the conversation as something that’s benefiting them. Regardless of whether I contacted them or they contacted me, they ask how-can-this-help-me questions.
But GenYers tend to approach these conversations differently. Yes, they’re eager to learn about how I’m selling digital guides online or helping small businesses with social media or whatever project they’re interested in. But they also ask how they can help me.
I spent an hour on the phone last week. Getting my teeth kicked in.
And I have to tell you that I stumbled a bit. Something I’m not used to doing. I was out of my element. Speaking to a radio audience that doesn’t care how much time I spend working with and helping people with job search and career strategy in my free time. They just wanted answers. Rightly so.
And if you listened to my appearance on the Recruiting Animal Radio Show you may have an interesting view of my personality and strengths. Animal has a well-honed way of sweeping your feet out from under you.
But the places I stumbled were not his fault. They were mine. I was not able to answer some pretty basic questions he asked. Ones that, I think, seem pretty straight-forward. Not intentionally deceptive at all.
So now I’m here to answer the big one. In full detail. For the world to evaluate and comment on. Yes: You.
His question to me:
How do you start, maintain and end a conversation with a stranger?
(a) did U send this to me or everyone? (b) I don't know U from Adam (c) Having people like your FB page doesnt do U any good @ all
InHISNameHR How about this a) don’t follow people you don’t want DM’s from. You followed me. B) Being rude really doesn’t get you anywhere.
We like nasty people on the @animal show @inHISnameHR - UR welcome 2B the hot seat guest if you're interested
I have to admit though that he did make some sense. If I follow him that means that I want his spam, right? But I made sense too. Having a bunch of strangers LIKE you on Facebook doesn't do anything for you at all.