Category Archives: Making connections

If you really want to expand your connections

If you have dreams of adding more people to your contact database, whether it’s to attract more clients, build your business, advance in your career, learn some new skills, or bring more color and dimension to your social life, I have a suggestion for you:  take on a volunteer or leadership role with a professional association, networking group, or non-profit organization.

Over the years I’ve served on committees and boards for a number of organizations. As a student, I did it because my parents, professors, …

Introverted? This networking article is for you.

If you’re an introvert, chances are you experience some anxiety when it comes to attending business functions, meeting new people, and networking.  Below are some tips that might be helpful.  Thanks to The Office Professional for granting me permission to repost an article to which I contributed. The article originally appeared in the May 2012 issue.

Networking 101 for Introverts: A no-excuses guide to making connections
By Beth Braccio Hering

Have you ever sat alone drinking punch at a conference while a colleague seemed to …

Expanding the possibilities as you network

In observing others and working with my coaching and consulting clients, I often see two extremes: 1) people who believe networking is primarily about bringing in new customers and 2) people who think networking is purely a matter of “getting out there and meeting people” and then seeing what happens.

Neither approach is wrong. However, there are advantages to being more multidimensional and purposeful about it.   Yes, networking is critical to growing our businesses and expanding your career.  But value also comes in forms that …

Connecting through conversation

I had a delightful telephone conversation this morning with a perfect stranger.  Now, for some of you, especially you introverts, that may sound like a complete oxymoron. (Ok, I admit it. If I were to list my Top 10 Favorite Things to Do, having a conversation with a stranger probably would not make the cut.) But there was absolutely nothing uncomfortable about this visit.

Why? For starters, the mutual friend who introduced us did so very thoughtfully and strategically, noting that both of us …

Throw away the script

Ever had this happen to you? You’re going along, doing your usual thing, reading articles, popping in on Facebook or Twitter, having conversations with friends or colleagues, listening to the news or a podcast or a speaker you admire, and – BAM! – you experience a common theme. This happens to me a lot. And it happened to me this week.  This time it was all about scripts – and the screaming fact that you should throw them away.

What do I mean by scripts?  …

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?  …

What do you want others to remember about you?

This week I experienced an amazing LinkedIn success story as well as an adjoining epiphany about networking and memorability.

The LinkedIn story first:  A gentleman who had become familiar with my work online wanted to be introduced to me because he believed we had some commonalities. He also saw the potential for some joint projects, so he posted a gracious request to be introduced to me via LinkedIn. By way of a few twists and turns and some carefully-considered connecting (remember my last post –