Category Archives: networking

Mixing and Matching Connections

We all have many different spheres of influence:
* Family and Close Friends
* Business Associates and Colleagues
* Comrades (who you share a common and active belief with)
* Acquaintances
* Facebook Friends
* LinkedIn Network
* Networking Groups
* Service Providers

There’s a lot of support through those areas. Maybe you can think of even more.  Remember that you can tap these spheres for a variety of issues.   Don’t forget to check them all when you need something.

Networking is first and foremost about helping others.   If someone in your network asks for something that you can’t give, don’t stop there. Think about all the people in your many spheres who might be able to deliver what they need. It would be handy if the social media sites offered easy avenues to connect people from your different spheres, but it is still possible.  Maybe the guy who fixes your computer would get along well with your cousin’s new boss.  Someone in your church might need the services of your accountant.  A colleague of yours is looking for work and one of your Facebook friends is looking for someone with their particular skills.

Keep your ears and eyes open for interesting ways you can mix and match your connections.

Networking Pledge: I pledge to connect at least two friends this month.

 Everyone in my network helps everyone else.

My introductions produce great things!

 I am watching for ways my connections can support each other.

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3 Simple Steps to Writing Cover Letters

Cover letters are so important these days, whatever you’re doing.  Writing a good letter is essential in this world of too much information.

You want your cover letter to say what you want to say quickly and clearly.  Tell your reader what you want them to give their valuable time to.  And try not to take too much time in doing that.

So, a simple formula:

1.  State Your Connection.  Right up front, in a sentence or two, remind the person how they know you, refer to some recent interaction or open on a friendly note with someone you know well.

2.  Make Your Pitch.  The heart of the letter is your sales pitch.  Your :30 commercial is a perfect thing to put here.  Can you quickly tell them the benefits, why it is worth their time to listen to you?  Keep this to a paragraph or less.

3.  Call to Action.  All business letters should end with this. What is it you want them to do?  Call you?  Go here?  Do that?  Make sure this is clear. There’s no cause to be flowery here. Just spill it out.

One last thing: Be sure your signature line makes it easy for them to contact you.

Networking Pledge
Networking is all about relationships. Connecting person to person.  Danny Inny of Firepole Marketing suggests that to get business in a hurry, you should go to every networking meeting you can and ask others about themselves and what they do.  Listen and learn.  Eventually, they will ask what you do.

Find one person, every day, that you can give something to: a piece of information, a hand, a smile, a response to something they’ve been waiting for, or just a bit of encouragement or appreciation.  How wonderful that can be in the middle of a hectic day!

If you reach out and give, you will get back.
“I pledge to reach out to at least one person every day with something I can give.”

Affirmations:
I am easily seeing what’s needed that I can give!
    I am giving of myself every day.
       My connections are enriching both of us!