Thoughts on Networking

Timing can be everything…well, it can’t hurt.  This week we talk about NETWORKING 101.

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This week’s Sunday email from, Chris Brogan,  a very special marketer I am connected with talked about CONNECTING. Well, connecting is also about Networking, so here is a little snippet of what was in the email from Chris…

Thoughts on Connecting

I’m jotting these notes down in case they’re helpful to you. If they’re not immediately obvious, feel free to hit reply and ask me anything. And if you want to practice connecting, there are 14,000 people in the Secret Team who can practice with you. Just ask!

  • Give at least three times more than you ask. Probably even more than that. And by give, promote others. Find ways you can help and do it. Bring value to others, instead of asking for it.
  • Seek out peers, not mentors. All the gurus that you’re hoping to talk with aren’t all that useful to you. People in the midst of the struggle are. All my friends who are now successful in their own right came up with me. We all figured it out at the same time. Some better than others. Find people who are at the same struggle level as you and connect with them. Share notes with them.
  • Make introductions the right way. Oh man. If you learn ONLY this, it’d be worth it. Never just blind connect two people. “Hey Chris, meet Dan. He’s great!” Instead, reach out to both parties separately. “Hey Dan, I think you’d like Chris.” “Hey Chris, Dan’s got some cool stuff. Want to connect?” THEN if both say yes, make the introduction.
  • Connect for noble reasons. More often than not, when I ask for something, it’s for a cause or charity. The more you’re out there helping others, the more others will want to help you just because. It’s important to be known as the person who’s helping others quite often instead of the person who asks for things all the time. This will go far.

So there it is.  Chris’ points on connecting easily apply to networking.  There really isn’t a lot of difference between the two.

About Jeff Quandt

Jeff Quandt is an Inbound and Digital Marketing Strategist and owns On-Q Marketing LLC. He helps the members of the OCN through understanding their personal brand, how they have to market themselves as the solution to a hiring manager's problem, and offers a personal LinkedIn Counseling session for any member of the group. Jeff is a corporate refuge that has been laid off several times, so he is very familiar with the job hunt process, the ups and downs, and the success at the end of the tunnel. Keeping a positive attitude with the end goal in mind is crucial to a job seekers success. Today as a business owner, he is constantly looking for work, he knows the process well and it makes no difference if you work for someone else or yourself, you need to be the solution to someone's problem to get paid.