7 Savvy Networking Tips for 2010

25 01 2010

7 Savvy Networking Tips for 2010:

1) Don’t take networking too seriously. It can and should be fun. Connect with the intention of helping others rather than simply expecting to find the elusive perfect job or client. Relax, take the pressure off yourself and focus on what you can bring to the party or offer in the form of contacts, knowledge or resources.

2) Improve your outlook and your fortune will change. If you have a negative outlook on networking, you’re probably sabotaging your chances at connecting with the “right” people. Put all the negative or disappointing encounters behind you and focus on “what’s possible.” As Vince Lombardi said, “It’s not whether you get knocked down; it’s whether you get back up.”

3) Take a proactive approach and get off the couch or out from behind your screen and get out there! Remember, “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” You eventually have to meet people to know if you’ll really connect with them, and the more people you meet, the more likely you are to find the “right” people for you. (It’s almost like dating, isn’t it?)

4) Keep the alcohol consumption to a minimum if you’re at an event where it’s being served. Being relaxed is good, but having your buzz on and then acting inappropriately is not a good way to be memorable at any event. A phrase that comes to mind here is “The more I drink, the cuter you get.” Yikes! Do I really need to say more here?

5) Be the person to include others into the conversation when they join the circle. What a great way to create a good impression and set an example for others. As Dale Carnegie said, “You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.”

6) Be polite and considerate. Good manners never go out of style. Leave your ego in the restroom after you’ve checked your appearance (make sure there are no traces of your lunch in your teeth) and also leave the office politics at the office. A networking event is a time to be non-competitive and social in a professional yet friendly way.

7) Be sincere, open and follow through on your commitments.  Authenticity leaves a lasting impression, and even if you don’t find a way to assist each other immediately, you never know when someone might introduce you to a key new contact down the road.

I cover a lot of this in my book, but wanted to share some of this content here and before I attend a few networking events myself this week. Can’t hurt and might help!

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What I’m up to this summer

8 08 2009

I’ve been a little off the map this summer because I’ve been happily very busy helping my friend Aaron Fairchild over at G2B VenturesG2B _Ventures_Logo in Seattle kick things up a notch. Earlier this year, Aaron and his team launched the Efficient Real Estate Fund, and, so far, they’re doing quite well, and I’m having a great time working with these super smart and FUN folks (OMG – humor in Seattle?! who knew?!).

It’s been awesome to have been able to bring loads to the party these past few months and I’m looking forward to being able to contribute more throughout the next few months. If you’d like to learn about what we’re up to at G2B, just check out the video that I was able to secure for them. It was produced by Realty Times and based on a Ken Harney piece that was first published as an article.

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are you a good (real) friend?

3 07 2008

Having good social capital more often than not stems from being a good “real” friend (as opposed to a digital or imaginary friend). Want to learn how to be a better friend? Check out the quiz that accompanies the article and be sure to keep one friend in mind as you go through it and then repeat for each other friendship or relationship you know needs assessing. I hope you find out that all your friendships are balanced, but if not, you can learn what to do about the unbalanced ones by reading the April 2008 issue of “O” Magazine article that accompanied this quiz. Either way, it’s well worth the read. A sample question from the quiz:

1. Initiate contact between the two of you (by calling, e-mailing, dropping by for a visit, sending an invitation to an event, etc.).

I do this for my friend:

never, rarely, sometimes, often, always (choose one)

My friend does this for me:

never, rarely, sometimes, often, always (choose one)

Click HERE for the entire Friend Quiz

UPDATE 02/22/10: A follow-up to the original article from 2008 can be found HERE.

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