Business Networking: The Power of Thank-You

Business Networking:  The Power of Thank-You

It’s simple.  It’s polite.  And it’s powerful.  The phrase “thank-you” is more than just good manners, it’s an amazing tool that all of us possess, yet not enough of us utilize.  And, thanking others is a way to strengthen our relationship with them. Whatever the “occasion”, a good old-fashioned “thank-you” note is as easy as…

Business Networking: Connecting Through Complaining?

Connecting Through Complaining?

There are some folks who seem to employ an interesting “rapport building” technique: Being Negative. From the moment they arrive at a mixer, a meeting or a luncheon, they complain about everything —  about the weather, traffic on the way there, the temperature of the room, the taste of the food, the seats, the speaker,…

It’s Summertime . . . and the Connecting is Easy!

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Ahh, summer.  What’s not to love?  Beach vacations, lightning bugs, hot dogs and business networking.  Perfect together, right? Oh, wait.  How did business networking get into my reverie of summer? No, I don’t recommend taking your business colleagues on your vacation to the shore — nor do I hope they start serving hot dogs at…

Why I Agree with Meg Ryan That Business Is Personal

Why I Agree with Meg Ryan That Business Is Personal

You can learn a lot about business from watching movies.  One of my favorite lessons comes from “You’ve Got Mail” with Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks. Tom Hanks is Joe Fox — the big, bad owner of the chain of mega bookstores who has put poor little Kathleen Kelly (Meg Ryan) and her tiny, quaint…