Value Based Networking Warm Ups

Your brain is like a muscle. And just like any muscle in your body, with the proper exercise and training, your brain will increase in strength on a multitude of levels. The warm up exercises below are designed to increase blood flow to your brain, challenge your critical thinking and prepare you for the insights you’ll receive from the webinars, lessons and exercises presented in the upcoming series. Have fun!

Networking Success StoriesFew things cause career coaching clients to shudder more than the dreaded “networking” advice they so often hear. Many people think of networking as attendance at cheesy business card exchange events or suffering through miserable happy hours where you cozy up to strangers in the hope that they will be willing to recommend you to all their employed and well-connected friends.

You’re One Person Away from a Life-Changing Opportunity! – Building a professional network is full of what I call “connection chains.” These chains are the brief conversations and passing suggestions that lead us from one person to another as we add connections to our network. 

The Relationship Edge… Are You on it, in it, or Over it? – Beginning a relationship is easy. Exploration is predominantly on the surface. Nothing too deep. Nothing too wide. Nothing too revealing. In the beginning, all is well. Friendships blossom. Feelings emerge. And life is good.

16 Common Networking Mistakes That Can Derail Your Career – Networking is a skill that can help you develop and build long-lasting business and social relationships. As with most skills, networking can be done well – and it can be done poorly, perhaps to the detriment of your career.

Adding Value to Your Network: Wisdom Access Questions  When you are looking to create a value based relationship with someone and really make a connection, you need to seek their wisdom by asking them “wisdom access questions.” These are the questions that start with the word “what.

All Networking is Not Created Equal  They say that the key to happiness and longevity is having meaningful relationships with others. This means having a support system of family, friends, business associates and clients who are there for you because you are always there for them.

Creating Your Power Network: Avoid these 10 Big Networking Mistakes  As we have said before, networking is an art and skill that can be learned. You can make your own mistakes and learn from them or you can learn from someone else’s.

Creating Your Power Network: Three Questions to Ask Yourself to Keep You on Track  Value Based Networking is about creating the networks that can power your future, lead you through tough times and sustain your confidence to stay focused on the opportunities.

Creating Your Power Network: Three Tips to Start Value Based Networking  The whole concept behind Value Based Networking is that leaders must hone their networking skills to create a layer of personal contacts that provide the support, feedback, and resources needed to get things done.

Creating Your Value Based Network – A 3-Step Process  Regardless of where you are in your career or life, if you are looking to make your future bigger than your past, you need to invest in the people who have helped you achieve your current success and those who can do so in the future. And, the time to make those investments is now; not when you “need” them.

Dig Your [Networking] Well Before You Are Thirsty  Your future career is only as good as the quality of your extended network. A network is a social and business resource that must be cultivated and nurtured over time. Your network supports and sustains you in the good times, but is the key to your survival in the bad times.

Fear and Relationships: Two More Tips for Value Based Networking  Very often, fear is what keeps us from maximizing our contacts with other people. Human beings are full of fears: fear of rejection, fear of failure, fear of looking ignorant or stupid, fear of hearing that four letter word: NO.

Food for Thought: If 99.9 percent is good enough for the customer, then…

Is Networking a Four Letter Word? – Leaders must hone their networking skills to create a layer of personal contacts that provide the feedback, and resources needed to get things done.

Realities That Lead to Rich Relationships – Look at the customers you wish you had. The main reason you can’t get them is that someone else has a better relationship with them than you do.

Value Based Networking: Beyond Politicking and Power Struggles  Value Based Networking is based on the concept that leaders must hone their networking skills to create a layer of personal contacts that provide the support, feedback, and resources needed to get things done.

Your Bucket Lists: Networking with Purpose  We all need to create three bucket lists in order to truly network with purpose. The first bucket contains a list of all your current connections. We are all connected to far more people than we realize. If you were to take 10 minutes and write a list of past and current work colleagues, industry contacts, friends, family and social acquaintances, you’ll likely be surprised at how long a list you have.