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5 Ways to Move Momentary Contacts to Meaningful Relationships

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Amassing a vast amount of contacts is one thing. Staying in touch and growing contacts into relationships is quite another.

I learned I have no discipline around capturing, categorizing or following up with my contacts. How could I possibly nurture and more fully develop my network if people were constantly falling through the cracks?

So I asked a few people who are really good at cultivating relationships what they do…   

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Here’s How to Take the “Work” Out of Networking

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When you hear the work “networking”, do you get a sudden tightness in your stomach? If so, that’s a pretty standard reaction. I’ve attended many networking events in my professional life, and I’ve realized… they can be a lot of work!

But, with just a bit of planning ahead of time, you can make the process easier by taking some of the work out of networking. Here are a few tips to help you maximize your next event:   

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Be a Connector! 16 Simple Tips to Networking Smarter

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Common wisdom dictates that there are six degrees of separation between you and anyone on the planet. According to my father, however: “There aren’t six degrees of separation, there are two; you just have to think hard enough.”

Like my father, I’m a connector, and would agree that regardless of how many people it takes to make a connection, no one is too far removed…   

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Your Professional Network: Taking the First Steps

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In a presentation called “Launching an Effective Job Search,” I discuss the “iceberg” graphic shown here, illustrating the components of a multi-faceted job search.

Notice that above the water line – the tip of the iceberg – is “posted jobs” and “resumes and cover letters.” This is the obvious part of a job search everyone understands. But, that is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg… and where job seekers spend way too much of their time…   

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The 11 Indisputable Laws of Networking Success

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What comes immediately to mind when you hear the term “networking”?

Perhaps groups of people wearing suits, standing around drinking cocktails, haphazardly passing out business cards, with the ultimate goal of getting a job or new lead?

That’s a fairly accurate description of typical networkers. However, networking is much more effective when you bring something valuable to the table…   

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In 7 Steps: Network Your Way to a New Job [Infographic]

The votes are in, the judges have spoken and the contest is over. For finding a new job, or your first job, networking is the undisputed winner. And yet few of us are networking experts, or even know how to get started. Check out this classic infographic from Govloop and Heather Krasna that, in 7 steps, how to use relationships and referrals to get a job… from identifying who to network with, to the post-meeting thank you.   Like this post? Subscribe to get even more brilliance, and exclusive content, in your Inbox!    

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