Late Night With Jimmy Fallon - Season 5

Networking with the Many Faces of Jimmy Fallon


Lights, Camera, Action!

Networking is a type of performance. Professional relationships are different from friendships in that the fundamental purpose is mutually benefitting each other’s careers. This means that networking conversations are not exactly about getting to know the other person. Instead, a networking conversation consists of several people performing to each other as more valuable versions of themselves.

This sounds dishonest, but it isn’t. Every job requires some form of performance, from pretending to be more excited about your company’s products, to performing friendliness to coworkers and bosses, to even performing as accessible and fun on social media. Acting as a better version of yourself is part of every job.



You Catch More Flies With Honey

When networking, professionals perform as their most trustworthy, most likeable, and most important selves. It’s no surprise that Jimmy Fallon, who performs as likeable characters, is a master at networking.

Fallon’s roles and personas are all based on likeability and accessibility. Even his Southie teen Sully is based on an open, good-hearted style of humor. His celebrity impressions, from Adam Sandler to Neil Young, are friendlier, more honest versions of the real celebrities.



What Would Jimmy Do?

All his characters, in real life, would be excellent at building professional relationships.  In this lesson, students will use these characters as foils for developing networking strategies. They will decide how to approach the Weekend Update guy, how to impress Jarret of the slacker webcast, and even think about what they could offer Tonight Show Jimmy Fallon himself. Finally, students will act out a networking event with their classmates.

Bilal Z thumbnail

The RLL Podcast: Ep. 6 – Curiosity, Hustle and Fear of Failure with Bilal Zaidi from

Our mission here is to help you find the path to your goals by sharing the journey others have taken. I sit down with Bilal Zaidi, the host of one of the best new podcasts out there today We learn his amazing life story from hustling as a kid in London, to working at Google and now getting a chance to interview with entrepreneurs at the top of their game from Brian Wong to the Young Turks. I do my best to try and identify the life skills he’s learned along the way and we discover how curiosity, hustle, self-teaching and even the fear of failure can all serve as stepping stones to success.

Subscribe on iTunes 

Ep. 6 – Show Notes:

Be sure to check out or subscribe to the show on iTunes here.

You can find Bilal on Twitter @BZaidi

Creator Lab is @Creatorlabfm on Twitter, Instagram and FB

Some cool guests mentioned to appear on his show are:
Nico Perez of MixCloud
Scott Harrison of charity:water
Brian Wong – Forbes 30 under 30, youngest person to raise VC money, founder of Kiip and author of the Cheat Code
Esther Tricoche – Forbes 30 under 30, Associate Partner at NewSchools Venture Fund
The Young Turks – Online news icons

Also, gotta give my fam a shoutout, here’s the student leadership organization I mentioned I was a part of along with J. Cole. Haraya, always doing big things and turning students into game-changing leaders.