Category Archives: The Intentional Networker book

When, where and how should I network?

Now there’s a loaded question.  It’s one I get asked a lot, particularly by people who are in a frantic state about their careers and businesses, are new in town, or are new to the whole notion of networking.  If you want a traditional answer on which networking events you should consider attending, read Chapter 7 in my book The Intentional Networker.  It offers some specific and valuable insights on networking and standing out in the crowd.

But this isn’t meant to be a commercial …

Networking make you anxious? Uncomfortable?

A few days after presenting to a group of exceptional college students I received very sweet, appreciative thank you note from several of them. One student wrote,

“…I had no idea what it truly meant to network. I assumed it was having awkward conversations in hopes of getting a job.”

Have you ever felt this way? You could even swap out the phrase “getting a job” and add in “finding new clients or prospects”, “meeting new and interesting people”, “making new friends” or “finding …

My gift to you – today only – February 7

Have you read my award-winning book The Intentional Networker(tm): Attracting Powerful Relationships, Referrals & Results in Business? If not, today’s your lucky day.  No more excuses!  Right now you can download the Kindle version absolutely FREE on Amazon. That’s right!  Click here this minute to grab your copy.  And be sure to tell your friends and colleagues so they don’t miss out. This offer ends at midnight tonight – and it may not return.

What makes The Intentional Networker different than other networking books?  …

Don’t give someone else the keys to your New Year

Sometimes scrapping something mediocre, letting go, and starting again with more inspiration and intention is the best strategy.  Case in point: this post.  I had another perfectly good post written for you, but it just didn’t feel quite right.  So I gently set it aside, took a break, and made a cup of tea (my mother’s cure for just about everything).  I then parked myself on the sofa in front of a cozy fire, opened the newspaper, and without much effort a better idea showed …

Two anxiety-busting ideas

Let’s get real here.  Really, truly real.  And let’s do it by starting with this:  What frightens you? Freaks you out?  Leaves your palms sweaty, your mouth dry as whole wheat toast, your heart racing – and not in a good way?

Public speaking and snakes are two things most people fear — more so than death itself. But I’m convinced there’s something else that can be even scarier:  Stepping solo into a room full of strangers.  Especially when those who are already there seem …

Turn the gratitude thing around

I’m a fan of Byron Katie, who among other things, is a master at helping you examine your thoughts, especially stressful ones, so you can see them with greater perspective, understanding, compassion, and even gratitude. I want to do that here – minus the stress angle.

Right about now as the U.S. celebrates its Thanksgiving holiday, you may be reading posts and messages about taking stock and feeling grateful.  You may also be receiving emails, texts, mail, or other messages from people who are …

Is the problem with customer service? Or with the customer?

I’m going to toss out a theory and see if it sticks: How you treat service personnel directly reflects your ability to connect effectively, positively, and memorably in your other interactions, including those that take place in networking settings.

Sound crazy?  Maybe. Maybe not.

In my book The Intentional Networker™ I tell the story of how Zappos, a company known for its stellar customer service, initially gauges any job applicant’s hireability. It’s as simple as this: how did you treat their shuttle driver?  If you …

After “no” it’s time for “yes”

If you’ve read my book The Intentional Networker™ you may recall Chapter 5. It’s all about saying a gracious, but firm ”no thank you” to anyone or anything that keeps you from what you really want.  You know what I’m talking about here:  the energy-drainers, the time-suckers, the boredom-inducers, the joy-robbers, the regret-makers, the resource-wasters, the fill-in-the-blankers for anything that makes you sad, less-than, tired, crazy, or unproductive.  What could you say "yes" to now?

Saying “no” can be a powerful and novel idea; especially if up until now you’ve operated in …

Ebook giveaway: The Intentional Networker(tm) on Kindle

First, I hope all of you are headed into a Labor Day Weekend filled with fun, relaxation, family time, quiet time, or whatever it is you’re seeking.

Second, if curling up with your Kindle is on the agenda, here’s a free offer you won’t want to miss:

Today and tomorrow only (August 29 & 30)  go to Amazon and download the Kindle edition of The Intentional Networker: Attracting Powerful Relationships, Referrals & Results in Business absolutely FREE.  No catch.

Who should read this book?  Anyone

Are you stuck in a self-imposed rut?

Ever been in a situation where you saw only one way to reach your goal, it just wasn’t working, and you couldn’t find a solution? My dog Maggie alerted me to a situation like this recently. I was working in my home office and heard her barking out in the back yard. It wasn’t her crazed, “Squirrel!!!” bark. It was her “Something’s up! Come quickly!” bark.