Category Archives: preparing for networking events

So, why do you network? Really?

Different people network differently for different reasons and under different situations.  Tough to say, but important to remember.  Here are a few ideas to ponder as you make decisions about where, how, why, and with whom you network.  You might network because you want or need:

1. To get out of the office.  Let’s face it. Even the best job and the most intriguing work can be drudgery at times. Sometimes you need to enjoy a refreshing break and a change of scenery along with …

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post, I wrote about the satisfaction you can experience when you choose to intentionally pare back an overstuffed or outdated contact database or address book.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 …

Lessons from recent networking events

You haven’t heard from me as much this past week as I’ve been busy attending a number of professional, networking, and social events. More so than usual, actually.  But every event on my calendar met the criteria I mentioned in my previous post, “The Power of Three Reasons”. What’s more, my intuition urged me on based on lessons learned from my friend Dianna Amorde, author of a powerful book called Aha! Moments: When Intellect & Intuition Collide. With each event, I noticed

10 Ideas to Help You Be a Networking Genius

People frequently ask me, “How can I network more effectively, make more valuable connections, attract good referrals, and build my business (or find a good job)?”  The tips below can really help.  Some ideas seem so obvious,  even mundane, but I mention them because they’re important. Observation at recent networking events also tells me they’re still worth mentioning. Even some of the most seasoned networkers and business people need to read and consider these.  Even if just for a brush-up.

1. Adopt a positive attitude.

Do you set intentions before networking events?

In my new book, The Intentional Networker™: Attracting Powerful Relationships, Referrals & Results in Business, I share a story about a road trip with three colleagues in 2008. We were headed to a conference in Dallas and spent four amazing hours together enjoying thought-provoking conversation. We not only shared what was new in our businesses, we also expressed what experiences, connections, and breakthroughs we intended to have at the event. After all, we were investing several days and a sizable amount of cash to be …