Business Networking: How Networking Can Rot Your Brain

There's a great commercial for Hulu.com with Alec Baldwin talking about how TV will rot your brain. "That's absurd," he says, "TV only softens your brain like a ripe banana.  To take it all the way, we’ve created Hulu.  Giving you more of the cerebral gelatinizing shows you want anytime, anywhere." Going to networking functions,…

Business Networking: No More Boring Networking Introductions, Please!

No More Boring Networking Introductions, Please!

Sometimes I cringe when I attend a meeting and the organizer says, “Ok, everyone, now we’ll go around the room and give our 30-second introductions.” (or 60-second commercial or elevator speech) Then, the slew of mundane, often lifeless introductions ensues.  No one is paying attention — partly because they are thinking about what they will…

Business Networking: Pain-Free Networking Tips For the Painfully Shy

You describe yourself as shy. Did you know that nearly 80% of Americans also describe themselves as shy? And yet, we all know that networking is good for our business and our personal life. What's a shy person to do?

Business Networking: Are You Fishing in the Right Networking Pond?

I don't get any business from the Chamber of Commerce. I never find clients at networking events. I quit my networking group because I never got referrals. Do any of these sound familiar?  I hear them all the time from people I meet while I'm, ironically, networking. My take has always been something that my…