“If you don’t go to somebody’s funeral, they won’t come to yours.” –Yogi Berra We live in an era of eroding social equity. People are not connecting with one another as they once did. In Bowling Alone, researcher Robert Putnam details the collapse of modern American social connections. This isolation is being caused by factors… Read More How Critical is Networking to Your Career?
Reaching out via email can be tough. I have written before about the rules for writing a great networking email in a previous post. When you know how to ask for help, writing networking emails is pretty simple. Here are four examples of emails to get you started. I’ve used these versions countless times, and… Read More Four Examples of Networking Emails
In a trusted relationship, you may spend months or even years building a single relationship. You work hard to earn and deserve the other person’s trust. And now, you want (or need) a favor. Perhaps it is an introduction, a recommendation, some insight, their time or talent—it could be anything. It is perfectly acceptable, on… Read More Examples: How To Ask For Help From Your Network
Keith Ferrazzi is a networking guru and one of this blog’s favorite authors. In this video clip, Keith gives a simple but powerful system on how to manage following up on all the business cards you collect at a typical networking function. Check out how quick and easy his system is, and be sure to… Read More Keith Ferrazzi on How to Follow Up on Business Cards
Half the people you know are below average. –Steven Wright We all know people who send LinkedIn invites out to anyone and everyone. They appear to have thousands of connections, and seem to be able to help them all. Also, we all know people who have a very small network, and they neither reach out… Read More How Many People Should Be In Your Network?
“Everything you ever wanted to know has been written down in a book…you just need to find it, and read it.” –Anonymous When I first started networking, I went off on my own…and it wasn’t pretty. After a few failed attempts, I began seriously studying books that had been writing on the topic. Most of… Read More The Best Ten Books to Manage Your Career.
“My assumption is that everybody is talented, everyone has substance, everyone is accomplished, and that’s when the game actually begins. ” –David D’Alessandro If you are itching to move forward in your job, don’t think that hard work, successful projects, and great ideas will get it done. In fact, those are merely the table stakes—the… Read More Your Reputation is More Important than Your Accomplishments