The networking events I didn’t go to

This is the sixth (but not final) installment of the 8 easy-to-make networking mistakes that can be avoided series. This week I’m covering one of two mistakes that aren’t immediately apparent, but are there just the same. The networking events I didn’t go to. Between you and me, I like being at home. It’s comfortable, I know what to expect and I usually don’t have to have conversations with people I don’t know. And I’m more of an introvert* than an extrovert. … Continue reading

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You always have more to offer than you think you do

This is the fifth installment of the 8 easy-to-make networking mistakes that can be avoided series. This week’s mistake is: I assumed I had nothing to offer in the way of connections or possible referrals. My belief around business relationships was they were only useful if you immediately had something to offer in the way of connections or possible referrals. And I did not have any of that (partially because I wasn’t willing to share the contact info of my friends and family). … Continue reading

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The real purpose of meeting people for coffee

The currency of real networking is not greed but generosity. - Keith Ferrazzi

This is the fourth installment of the 8 easy-to-make networking mistakes that can be avoided series. This week I’m going over two mistakes: I assumed coffee meetings were only for selling your service/product. I didn’t do follow-up calls with people I met or set up coffee meetings. Because I assumed that meeting people for coffee was only for selling your service or product, that was the energy I put out there. Part of that was because I really did want people to … Continue reading

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Question of the Fortnight #11

What is the funniest networking experience you’ve ever had? Share your answer in the comments below! What is a fortnight? It’s 14 days or 2 weeks. What is “Question of the Fortnight?” Every other week I’ll ask a question here on the blog. Through out the two weeks I’ll update the blog post with some of your answers. These will be from the comments below, from people I see networking and any other way I happen to receive your answer … Continue reading

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The most valuable thing

The most valuable thing you can make is a mistake - you can't learn anything from being perfect. - Adam Osborne

This is the third installment of the 8 easy-to-make networking mistakes that can be avoided series. This week’s mistake is: I didn’t know what I didn’t know, so much so that I didn’t have a clue what to ask my coach for help with. My coach had built a successful business, in large part to her networking and follow-up. And she had faced many of the same problems and frustrations as I was facing. However, all her knowledge and experience … Continue reading

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