5 Top Business Networking Articles | Week of November 25, 2013

Top Picks on Business Networking, Social Media and Personal Branding for Professional Services

Every week I discover great articles and resources from my social media friends and online sites. Some really strong contenders, but here’s this week’s list for you to enjoy. And please feel free to share these great articles and authors with your network too!

5 Top Business Networking and Social Media Articles | Week of November 25, 2013

How I Became the Kind of Person Who Can Work a Room by Kimberly Weisul (@weisul)

(Inc.) “I used to dread networking events. Then a colleague let me in on his secret strategy.”

Get Started Networking in 4 Easy Steps (Video)

How to Get Started Networking – Ask Liz Lynch video series

On location in Miami (3:04 minutes): “If you’ve never done it before, what’s the best way to get started networking?

In this video I share my 4-step process to help you build confidence and get results when you’re just getting started with networking. Want more? Check out the Get Started Networking audio training course.

If you enjoyed this video, please share it with friends and colleagues. Also, I’d love to hear YOUR favorite tips on how to get started networking!

Social Media: 3 Easy Ways to Get Into the Conversation

Whenever I speak to someone about social media who isn’t actively using it, the main reason they give for not being involved is, “I don’t want to talk about what I had for breakfast and I don’t care what others had for breakfast either.”

OMG, we have moved so far beyond that! Taking a quick glance across the posts on my Hootsuite dashboard right now, I see tweeps sharing articles, announcing new programs, giving feedback to one another, asking questions, and sending words of encouragement.It’s a community of support, and conversations are how that support is conveyed. Which conversations you initiate or participate in are totally up to you.

Take a New Perspective to Overcome Old Thinking

Looking through photos of my cruise earlier this month to Alaska got me thinking about the need to put long-held beliefs aside.

For one, I never considered myself much of a cruise person. When I travel, I like to set my own itineraries and do things on my schedule. I detest being told when to eat, where to go, and whom to sit with (must be the rebel in me). But I was pleasantly surprised.

Celebrity Cruises gives you plenty of choices to do things your way, and even though there was so much to do on board — with nature seminars, activities, ship tours and fitness classes, you can choose to do NONE of them.

Nancy Ancowitz, author of Self-Promotion for Introverts, on Smart Networking Radio (Tuesday, 1/19 7pm ET)

In today’s tough economy and ruthlessly competitive job market, nobody can afford to go unnoticed. Too often, introverts get passed over while their chattier — although not necessarily more gifted — colleagues get the jobs and the promotions.

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But it doesn’t have to be that way, according to business communication coach Nancy Ancowitz, author of an excellent new book called Self-Promotion for Introverts. Step-by-step she shows you how to find your voice, jump start your visibility, promote yourself without bragging, and use your introverted preferences to your advantage.
If you’ve ever worried that being an introvert has kept you from getting hired, getting promoted, or getting clients for your business, make Nancy’s book your bible for overcoming obstacles and crafting a plan to get the recognition you deserve.
As an introvert myself, I agree with Nancy that it doesn’t have to be a liability, and in fact, it can be a great asset. So I’m thrilled that on Tuesday, January 19th, she’ll be joining me on Smart Networking Radio to share sage advice to help introverts learn how to succeed with their own style.
She may even spill a few secrets she learned from HR and leadership experts such as uber investor Warren Buffett, basketball star Magic Johnson, Hearst Magazines president Cathie Black, former president Bill Clinton, and marketing guru Seth Godin.

We’ll have the chat room open and you can submit your questions or call in live via phone. See you there!

Date: Tuesday, January 19th
Time: 7pm Eastern

(the archive will be available here after the show if you can’t join us live)

Call in number: 347-215-7546

Got Adversity? Learn How to Overcome It as Liz Lynch Interviews Josh Hinds of GetMotivation.com (Live Teleseminar)

If you’ve read Smart Networking, then you know that the first networking event I ever attended I ran out of the room after 5 minutes completely overwhelmed, and literally hyperventilating. 

While overcoming this challenge initially helped me grow my new consulting business successfully after I left corporate America, what it’s led to since then are incredible opportunities and a second business as an internationally-known speaker, author and coach on the topic of networking. Who knew?

Had I not found a way around that first big challenge, I might have crashed and burned as an independent consultant and had to go back to corporate America. More importantly, I would have never discovered this amazing path of helping others achieve their goals through networking.

Wake Up and Smell the Coffee Grinds, My Corporate Friends, It’s Time to Network

I spent twelve years employed by corporate America and the past eight years consulting to them on strategy and business development issues. Since the Dow took a nose dive last fall, many friends and some clients have lost their jobs, and those who haven’t are the working wounded, taking up the slack for their fallen comrades and waving goodbye to cost-of-living raises, annual bonuses, and 401k matches.

If you’re one of the lucky ones, working for industries and companies unaffected by the economic crisis, kudos for choosing well. But for the rest of you, listen up. The worst is not over.

Can Networking Impact Your Income? 81% of Elite Professionals Think So

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Ugly Betty’s Guide to Networking


Networking situations don’t get too much airplay on TV, but whenever they do, I find them to be tremendously instructive. Maybe it’s the novelty, but the writers always seem to do a pretty good job of contrasting both sides of networking — the light and the dark.
In tonight’s episode of Ugly Betty, for example, Betty gets chastised by the head of her Young Editor’s Training program for missing a networking mixer because of a family obligation. She’s told to make 40 new contacts before the next class or not to come back.
I loved the different views about networking around Mode:

Betty: “I showed up to class completely prepared but then she called me out because I didn’t go to some silly networking thing.”