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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 …

Epiphanies and connections don’t just happen

“If you want someone to have an epiphany, you need to start a gracious conversation first.”

I’ve paraphrased a little here, but those are words to consider if you want to connect, influence, or persuade others, whether it’s with your writing, speaking, marketing messages, or even when you’re simply talking to people. This is according to author, poet, songwriter, speaker, and marketing / PR genius Dennis Welch.  He was our featured speaker today at the National Speakers Association (NSA) chapter meeting in Austin, TX.

Welch …

Are you running in circles?

No, I don’t mean “Are you so crazy-busy that you’re running around in circles and not getting anywhere?” Although that’s always a great check-in question.imagesSP1UT9M1

What I mean is:

  • How many circles do you have in your personal and professional life?
  • How much diversity and value are you finding in these circles?
  • When was the last time you took stock of your circles?
  • When was the last time you considered updating or expanding them?

By way of example, if you only hang out with your golf buddies …

Upping the quality of your network & social circle

In the mood for a little exercise that could help your happiness, success trajectory, and energy levels soar?

Here we go…20 Percent list

One of the key factors in becoming a more Intentional Networker is this: discarding the notion that more is better.

  • More social and networking events are not better.
  • Collecting (or giving out) more business cards is not better.
  • Adding more contacts to your database, followers to your social media, or friends to your address book is not better.

Repeat after me:  More. Is. Not. Better.