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    Networking - Meeting New People and Growing Relationships


    Here are my thoughts and observations about business networking and social networking -- and how to grow mutually beneficial relationships.

    Ferrazzi: Never Eat Alone - When I spotted the book "Never Eat Alone" by well-known networker Keith Ferrazzi, I expected a "how to network" book — tips and techniques on how to grow your contact network. Well, I was pleasantly surprised to find that it's really about growing relationships — mostly business relationships. You might wonder why I distinguish between networking and building relationships.

    Networking With Referrals - It's always much easier to get through to a new contact when you mention the person who referred you to them. Lisa Haneberg provides a few ways to make asking for referrals easy and productive.

    Meetup Meets the Replacements - One of the more innovative networking sites has been Meetup, a site that coordinates thousands of interest areas across many metro areas. However, their announcement about charging for Meetup will likely push event organizers to two Meetup replacements.

    Relationship Bonds - We frequently think of networking meetings and mixers as just a place to meet new people, but that's not always the case. Frequently, networking events are also a great place to nurture existing relationships.

    Top 50 things to improve relationships - Anytime is a great time to reflect on ways to improve the quality and value of the relationships that we establish through networking.

    Unintentional Network - One part of our individual network is what might be called our "unintentional network" - the network of people who know us and talk to others about their experiences with us - without us even knowing about it.

    Starting The Networking Category - Building relationships -- now called networking -- is something we all do. So, we need to make the most of each networking opportunity.

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