Part 2: Examples of how to and how not to grow your professional network

The way you approach someone on LinkedIn can mean the difference between making a connection and possibly getting an “I Don’t Know this user” (IDK) strike against you. Trust me; you do not want the latter. Patrick tells you why better than I can. I have only given out one (IDK) since being on the site for over four years. See if you can figure out who it might have been – their response to me is included in the examples. In...

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Part 1: Does your networking approach give you the best pay back?
Apr19

Part 1: Does your networking approach give you the best pay back?

What is your hit rate for connecting with people on LinkedIn? Are you making quality connections for your business and professional life? If not, maybe it has something to do with how you are approaching people to be in your inner circle. When LinkedIn initially became the go to place for professional networking, the approach was to ask people who you knew well to be a part of your network.  They might have been previous colleagues,...

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Why connecting with others works…in more than one way

The great thing about sending a holiday message to clients, colleagues, friends and family is hearing something back from them. It keeps you connected and is a sign you may have made a difference in their lives. I want to share an update I received from someone who asked for some advice this past summer. A little about him here. When I first began reading his note I was thinking, this is not going to be good. “Christmas came a little...

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Do’s and Don’ts to Job Networking

Over the years, I have received numerous calls from job seekers asking to network. When practical, I like to meet people in person, though I have successfully networked over the phone. On average, I find most people network poorly. They think of it as a one shot discussion. Whoever is telling them that networking is broadcasting “I need a job“, and quickly moving onto the next person on their list is giving bad advice....

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Investing in Your Personal Network

Does your company encourage you to network? Working in an organization can create tremendous pressure to remain inwardly focused, simply because those are the people who help you get work done. But, is that good for you long term? When I talk to people about networking, the typical response is: they join professional organizations. Take a moment to reflect on how much time you spend on cultivating your internal vs. external network....

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