People you know are the most important thing in your life.
A few weeks ago, I wrote about the power of weak ties.
Connecting with people whom you meet only a few times a year will expand your horizon. You will find out about the things that your immediate network might be unaware of as you all usually share similar information sources.
These weak ties make a difference when you need support in finding a new job or improving your life in a more personal level.
13 Steps To Transformational Networking
Follow these steps to get the results you are after:
- Assess the barriers that are holding you back
- Define your core passions and purpose with the Funnel Test
- Create a mind-set of positive productivity
- Develop a Give Give Get attitude
- Commit to shaking it up
- Accelerate your connections with technology
- Cultivate relationships that support your purpose
- Visit power pockets to accelerate networking
- Hone your connecting skills and learn from hub players
- Create content, products, or services to share your purpose
- Develop partnerships to extend your reach
- Learn to make successful asks.
- Decide what brings you happiness and success: head, heart, or wallet?
Now check out this great presentation by Porter Gale.
Gale’s book on networking
If you want to find out more there’s a book: Your Network Is Your Net Worth: Unlock the Hidden Power of Connections for Wealth, Success, and Happiness in the Digital Age. I admit that the length of the titles is getting out of hand. However, it seems like an interesting book with lots of insight.
Networking doesn’t have to be that frenzied old-school game of calendars packed with stuffy power lunches and sterile evenings at community business gatherings. We’ve entered a new era, one in which shifting cultural values and the explosion of digital technology enable us to network in vastly more efficient, more focused, and more enjoyable ways.
A fresh take on How to Win Friends and Influence People.
Your Network Is Your Net Worth is an entertaining, straightforward guide filled with revealing case studies, hands-on advice, and innovative strategies for building your network. Written by sought-after speaker, entrepreneur, and marketing executive Porter Gale, with a foreword by Apple evangelist and bestselling author Guy Kawasaki, this book shows you how to establish, expand, and nurture your connections both online and off.
Networking is working. ~ Denise Morrison
Porter Gale is a former VP of Marketing for Virgin America. In her book Gale introduces a values-based type of networking that builds on your passions and values and connects you with others who share them.
Gone are the days of climbing over our colleagues to get what we want. According to Gale, “The new way to network and build your true net worth is about charting your own course, living life based on your passions, and being the best you can be.” By following her clear steps and ideas, Gale shows how to creatively build our networks to achieve happiness, success, and true wealth. She includes illustrations, exercises and real life stories (including her own) that show how today’s digitally enabled approach to networking can help improve your productivity and potential for happiness and future success.
My Golden Rule of Networking is simple: Don’t keep score. ~ Harvey Mackay
New ways to network are popping up every day—and Gale tells you how to make the most of them—but even traditional networking opportunities are not the same animals that they once were, and we need to shift our attitudes and approaches accordingly. Networking has evolved from a transactional game to a transformational process. Whereas once it was about power plays, now it’s about charting your own course, following your passions, and making meaningful connections, which in turn increase your happiness and productivity.
In addition to chronicling her own rise from an ad agency intern to an in-demand consultant, Gale also shares the inspiring stories of so many others who live by this networking model:
- a military wife who connects with social media communities while her husband is deployed overseas,
- a young woman blogger battling leukemia,
- a dyslexic politician who wins elections by telling stories, and
- the CEO of a Major League Baseball team who once made a phone call that changed the course of his life.
When you focus on your passions and reorganize your networking around your values and beliefs, you will discover the kind of lasting relationships, personal transformation, and, ultimately, tangible wealth that are the foundation for happiness and success. With a message both timely and important, Your Network Is Your Net Worth is the definitive handbook to Networking 2.0.
Networking is an essential part of building wealth. ~ Armstrong Williams
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