I recently had the honor of presenting my SNiRL presentation at three incredible events. Each version was slightly different to fit the conference, and the feedback I received was very encouraging. Thanks to Bryan Allain from Killer Tribes, Jason Falls from Explore Nashville, and from everyone at PodCamp Nashville. In SNiRL, I spoke about how I was networking without knowing I was networking from a very early age online. Years later, I learned what business networking was all about - a two-way street.
Networking once had negative connotations associated with it. Working a room at a networking event like a used car salesman, rapidly handing out and collecting business cards is lame. The truth about networking is that it takes time.
You must find ways to help others in your network long before you ask your network for help. Perhaps you will never have to ask for help, but it's crucial that you are finding ways to help others along the way.
Do this today. Check your email, and find your daily LinkedIn update message. Is there someone there who could use a hand? Log in to Facebook (assuming you weren't already logged in), and look at who is celebrating a birthday today. Did you wish them a happy birthday? Perhaps you should think about ways you could do them a favor for their big day.
Go do this now. I'll be here when you get back.
Photo by: Philip Graham