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What a dog can teach you about networking

Chloe the Wonder DogMeet Chloe the Wonder Dog. She belongs to my nephew Scott and is one of the coolest, friendliest and savviest canines I’ve ever met. She is so amazing, she inspired a valuable networking lesson that you really need to know about for your own savvy-ness and even safety.

Here goes.

Last summer I was driving up the driveway of my nephew’s farm just south of Minneapolis in a car I had borrowed from the friends with whom I was staying. As I pulled in, Chloe the …

Attention introverts, shy people & wallflowers

I’m going to warn you, if you’re an introvert / shy person / wallflower, this post might make your face melt off.  So for heaven’s sake, please be sure you are sitting down when you read this.

In my continual research into all things having to do with networking, business socialization, conversation, communication, collaboration, social graces, leadership, success, and business protocol I’ve seen a recurring theme that’s been very interesting. I have to share it because it runs counter to what most people practice.


Experts …

A little networking experiment

I have a challenge for you. No, it’s not about listing things for which you are grateful. (Although research reveals gratitude is an impressively attractive activity and trait.)  And, no, it’s not about tossing a bucket of ice water on yourself. (Although hasn’t that been a fun-to-watch and amazing fundraising phenomenon?)

This is something way more subtle, yet boldly revolutionary.

I’m calling it my Good Morning Project.

Here’s how it works:  For the next week, as you go about your normal activities, I challenge you to do …

Network – and inspire – in your own special way

Smart people sometimes believe they have all the answers. Actually, I think the really smart ones know the opposite is true.  Case in point: While preparing a corporate workshop last spring I had the pleasure of interviewing an expert on change, advocacy, influence, and innovation. From my conversation with this insightful man, I was led to the eureka moment that most of “our” great ideas aren’t really ours at all. In fact, research reveals…

The Over-Booked Networker

You know this person. Maybe you are this person. I’m talking about the individual who is chronically overbooked with networking and social events.  On many occasions (meaning more than once a week) she is double- or even triple-booked.  He drives to one event, darts in, “makes an appearance”, and then dashes out to repeat the process.  And this goes on regularly.

I can definitely see this happening occasionally – and I’ve done it. We’ve all had busy, double-booked times, and we are blessed with opportunities to be with …

Who should be in your network?

Earlier this year I offered a post asking you about the circles in which you socialized, hung out, networked.  It’s here if you need a refresher.

Today I’m sharing a list that might inspire you to add even more diversity, interest, excitement, dimension, real power, and (dare I say it) fun, energy, and enjoyment to your network.

I shared some of this list recently while facilitating an interactive workshop to a group of corporate leaders. Our discussion that day wasn’t just about networking. It was about building a truly …

No wonder communicating gets complicated!

Exciting news!  I’m pitching myself headlong into my next book project. This means I’m immersing myself in reading, research, interviews, observing what’s going on around me and in the media, and (per an earlier blog) digging through The Plastic Bins filled with notes, files, and Really Good Stuff I’ve collected and curated over the years.

One golden nugget I found yesterday that just screamed to me as blog-worthy is a little handout shared by fellow author / speaker / consultant, Sylvia A. Stern.

Networking and happiness

Can being a more Intentional Networker make you more successful?  I’m certain of it.

Being even just one notch more purposeful, positive, and present as you meet and interact with people helps you stand out in the crowd and attract more rewarding connections, both personally and professionally.

But here’s something even more appealing:  being a more Intentional Networker can also make you happier.

Think I’m making this up?  Read on.

In developing a workshop designed to improve the connections and collaboration among leaders within corporations, I …

A helpful networking metaphor

Cycling gocyclilngmauiI get asked this question a lot:  How do you find the “sweet spot” between being assertive and purposeful in your networking versus allowing circumstances, serendipity, and synchronicity to do their magic? In other words, when do you really go for it? And when do you relax and let things flow?

What an important question when it comes to being a more Intentional Networker!

Here’s a metaphor that might help you figure this out.

As some of you may know, I took up cycling this …

Strategies & tactics for those Big Projects

I’ve got some big projects on my plate this year.  Bet you do, too.

Perhaps, like me, you have those moments where you take a good look at all you have to do and wonder how you’ll ever tackle, manage, conquer, or even simply get through them.

You may feel twinges of anxiety and doubt and experience thoughts (or even nightmares) of being unprepared and alone. Metaphorically you may even feel a little like a newbie cage fighter tossed into the ring with a monster of …