A New Year, A New Kind of Networking

A New Year, A New Kind of Networking 2015

The new year is all about fresh starts, clean slates, and all that jazz. Some folks scrunch up their faces when you mention New Year’s resolutions, but I think it’s a wonderful time to set your intentions for the upcoming year.  I prefer to call it goal setting and business planning, but that’s just semantics…

How NOT to be a LinkedIn Loser

Don't Be A LinkedIn Loser

  There’s a common ”online oops” that many of us are guilty of — and it’s making us “LinkedIn Losers.” The other day, I received a typical request to connect via LinkedIn – with the all-too-familiar template invitation of: “I’d like to add you to my professional network on LinkedIn.So-and-So has indicated you are a…

Business Networking Blunders: Revenue Before Relationships

Business Networking Blunders: Revenue Before Relationships

Have you ever met someone at a networking event, meeting or conference that seemed to look at you with dollar signs in their eyes? Yeah, me too.  And I don’t like it.  In fact, it irritates me — on several levels. First, it’s the fact that they are perpetuating the “bad reputation” that networking sometimes…

Business Networking: “Help Me . . . Help You!”

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There’s a question that the REALLY good connectors and relationship-builders ask of those they meet: “How can I help you?” The first time I heard it, I was caught off guard and didn’t quite know how to respond.  I mean, really?  You’re interested in helping ME?  Wow — now that’s a different approach to networking!…