"I'm not in sales and I don't run the company, so why bother networking?!" I often hear a version of that question when I tell people about the power of networking, especially when talking with professionals who work for large organizations. It's easy for these people to think that networking isn't for them; that they just need to show up and do their job well. But this couldn't be further from the truth! Networking isn't just about selling - it's about building mutually-beneficial relationships with the people around you. In a large corporate environment where there can be thousands of employees in different departments scattered … [Read more...]
Distributed Mentoring: How to Get Help and Advice from Your Network
Do you want a mentor? Besides networking, one of the most common pieces of advice doled out to young professionals is to find a mentor. Working with an experienced and seasoned business veteran can go a long way to helping you navigate the trials and opportunities of your early professional life. They can give you feedback, share their observations, and alert you to possible missteps in your professional life. One of the biggest challenges to finding a mentor, though, is in the finding part. It can be difficult to uncover someone who has experience and knowledge to share, the time and willingness to share it, and a personality that … [Read more...]
How My Network Helped me Launch my Podcast
Networking. For many, it's a nebulous concept that seems "out there". Sure, it sounds like a good idea. Creating connections and relationships and somehow getting those people to help you with your career, that's all good. But what does networking really look like? And how does it manifest in real results? If someone isn't a hiring manager or a potential client, how can they help you with your career? I recently launched a new podcast called Beer, Beats, & Business. As a solopreneur, I don't have an internal team that I can call on when I want to work on a new project. I have to do it myself... Or I have to find … [Read more...]
How to Create Organizational Brand Alignment with LinkedIn
Updated December 2018 LinkedIn is often seen as the land of the jobseeker, the salesperson, and the recruiter. But what if your job isn't externally facing - is it worth spending time there? In other words, how can you use LinkedIn if you like your job and simply want to do it better? If you look beyond just updating your profile the next time you are looking for a job, there are simple ways that LinkedIn can help every career, no matter what your role or professional goals. In this article, you'll discover 3 simple (but powerful) processes that will help you capture the power of LinkedIn for your daily business success, no … [Read more...]
Networking in the 21st Century…For Solopreneurs and Freelancers Is Now Available!
Networking in the 21st Century... For Solopreneurs and Freelancers: Why Your Network Sucks and What to Do About It is out now! It will be available FREE on Amazon Kindle between 12:01 am November 17th and 11:59 pm November 19th If any of my work has helped you in the past, here’s an easy way to return the favor. Every single mention or download of the book on the launch day helps this new book find its way in the world. How to help TODAY: Get the book for free on launch day :) on Kindle Post on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn with the link: http://amzn.to/1N9dzmd Email your friends and family who might find it valuable Post an Amazon.com … [Read more...]
Networking in the 21st Century… Within Your Company Is Now Available!
Networking in the 21st Century... Within Your Company: Why Your Network Sucks and What to Do About It is out now! It will be available FREE on Amazon Kindle between 12:01 am September 22nd and 11:59 pm September 24th If any of my work has helped you in the past, here’s an easy way to return the favor. Every single mention or download of the book on the launch day helps this new book find its way in the world. How to help TODAY: Get the book for free on launch day :) on Kindle Post on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn with the link: http://amzn.to/1NpDtXW Email your friends and family who might find it valuable Post an Amazon.com review when … [Read more...]
You Need Networking to Find a Career Minesweeper
Do you have someone pointing out the potholes (or worse, mines) that are waiting as you travel down your career path? One of my younger brothers served in the US Marine Corps and performed a number of tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. He was a truck driver who ferried supplies and troop where they were needed. Because he underwent additional training in security, he drove the lead truck that had extra armor and a big mine-sweeper. His job was to uncover any hidden dangers and obstacles, and then respond to them. There's a picture that he took in Iraq of him standing outside one of his trucks. He played a critical role in ensuring that … [Read more...]
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