Do You Have a Networking Mindset?

by Andrea Cinnamond on April 1, 2014

woman-highlighting-her-network-photoAre you looking out for opportunities to connect with others? I must say that I used to be quite nervous about reaching out to others but I have decided to do more of it, in spite of my uncomfortable feelings.

The results are in and I am meeting some amazing people! I have broadened my network, met many new interesting people, discovered all kinds of new stuff and am encouraged to look for more opportunities to connect.

What are some of the opportunities that I have found?

I look through the member’s listing of the associations that I belong to and look through the personal profiles and look for something we have in common. I reach out if we are from the same hometown, if we currently live in the same town, if we have twins in common, if we graduated from the same coaching school or simply if their photo is lovely.  Finding a common point of interest makes it easier to start a conversation.

I make a point of cruising through the Facebook stream of comments and look for opportunities to join in the conversation. I visit pages of people that I am interested in and see if there is anything I can comment on or ‘like’. I look through my birthday list and wish my friends happy birthday on their pages.

I go to a few teleseminars a week and I love the new trend of posting questions and comments on the business page of the host. It is great to see the faces of the others on the call and I am always pleased when I connect with others. Or better yet, when I find invitations from people who want to connect with me as a result of seeing my questions or comments on the Facebook business page.

Look for opportunities to personally introduce people to each other. I haven’t done that myself but I have been introduced to others which has been great.

I met someone the other day on Facebook and I went to her profile only to find we were from the same hometown. I started chatting with her only to find that she has three children like I do and was working in her online business while living in Mexico with her kids. My kids go to a bilingual school and I want to be able to take them to Mexico for an extended visit but wasn’t sure how to do it and keep working at the same time. My new friend is willing to show me how she does it which will make it so much easier for me to do when the time comes. How cool is that??

I am the project manager for a big project and I have met all kinds of interesting people there. I look for opportunities to connect and know that if I contacted them again in the future, they would remember me or if they needed virtual help in the future, they might reach out to me for my help or advice.

I don’t do as much connecting on Twitter and LinkedIn which is okay. There is only so much time in the day and you can’t do everything. I find the conversation in Facebook easier to follow than on Twitter but that is just me. Find the place that works the best for you and see what happens.

I am a better person as a result of my wide network. Are you making the most of your touchpoints with others? What could you do today that would help broaden your network?

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Ellen Finkelstein April 1, 2014 at 10:11 pm

I also “wander” around the Internet looking for partners. However, my most successful partnerships came about because I met people in person at the NAMS Internet Marketing workshop. I use LinkedIn a lot and rarely use Facebook for business, so I’m interested that it works for you.

I discovered your blog on the Ultimate Blog Challenge website. Is this one of your daily blogs for that challenge?

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Andrea Cinnamond April 2, 2014 at 11:10 am

Yes Ellen, this is my first for the challenge. I love writing but I am not making it a priority and the challenge came along at the right time!! Looking forward to getting to know you 🙂

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