Category Archives: less is more

Harnessing the power of slowing down, being still

I commented earlier this week on my Intentional Networker™ fan page about how much I’ve been thinking about the value of stillness. And by stillness, I mean slowing down the pace; setting intentions, and then allowing time to get quiet, reflect, and think.  It’s not about stopping everything, checking out completely, or giving up. It’s about doing “the work” then becoming open and receptive to ideas, aha moments, experiences, and even exchanges and connections.

Case in point: I was at the NSA convention in Indianapolis

The person everyone is glad they know. Or not.

In my book, The Intentional Networker, I tell the story of a woman who is so eager to be liked and accepted she actually makes a bit of a spectacle of herself.  In fact, she becomes her reputation’s own worst enemy. This woman is generous and well-meaning, but operates in a thoughtless state of hyper-drive.  She talks more than she listens and blurts out instant solutions to everyone’s challenges and requests. She is a chatty, impulsive know-it-all; one of those over-eager people who, let’s be …

5 ways to get creative with your networking

You may recognize this line: “My mind is a raging torrent, flooded with rivulets of thought cascading into a waterfall of creative alternatives.”  It’s one of Hedley Lamarr’s lines in the very ridiculous, very politically-incorrect movie “Blazing Saddles.” I currently have this line posted on my bulletin board because it expresses how I often feel: so much to do, so many ideas, so many places to go and people to see, and so little time to fit it all in.  What to do about it?  …

9 reasons to take a networking hiatus

For the last few weeks I’ve not been out networking. At all. My extroverted side is screaming, “Hey! What gives?” My more introverted, introspective side is breathing a sigh of relief. At some point my two sides will work it out and find a compromise. But in the meantime I wanted to share some of the many reasons why and when it’s okay to take a break from your business socialization schedule.

For those building their networking list

In my last blog post, I wrote about the satisfaction you can experience when you choose to intentionally pare back an overstuffed or outdated contact database or address book.  I received several comments from people who agreed this mindful purging felt empowering and restored a sense of refreshing clarity to their business relationships. Much like cleaning out a drawer, closet or file cabinet.

A day or two after that post, I spoke about The Art & Science of Being a More Intentional Networker at …

Time to clean your networking house

We were on a rampage last week. My husband and I decided it was time to give 50+ boxes of old business and household files the old heave ho. We called in a shredding truck and within 45 minutes 2300 pounds of excess paper clutter was outta here. As the truck drove off we felt a sense of giddy relief.  Everything seemed fresher, lighter.  We could move forward with our lives and businesses.

So what does this have to do with networking? Plenty.

What’s your …