Frank Agin, author and founder of AmSpirit Business Connections, talks with author and neuroscientist Dr. Gleb Tsipursky (@Gleb_Tsipursky) about cognitive bias, how it might be hurting us, and how to defend against it. To learn more go to https://disasteravoidanceexperts.com/
Networking Works. It may not work exactly how you want … It may not work exactly when you want … It may not work exactly where you want. But it works.
The first step to making it work for you is understanding what it really is. A working definition for networking is:
Two or more people working towards their mutual benefit.
Networking is helping and being helped by others, and nothing more.
Given that definition, the universe of potential networking is very broad. This universe does include prospecting and selling, but it is much bigger than that. It also includes servicing clients, attending events, volunteering, and even socializing.
In fact, successful networking is something you need to focus on every waking moment. It is not something born out of the 80s, 90s or new millennium… It has been part of life since the human existence.
It has been part of everything in your life. Not just finding jobs or getting clients, more than getting promotions. It is also (but not limited to) finding a golf league, spouse, and babysitter (and not always in that order). Networking is nothing more than humans interacting and somehow working together to survive and prosper.
Frank Agin, author and founder of AmSpirit Business Connections, uses a true story of growing generosity to illustrate how one can become more generous.
Frank Agin, host of Networking Rx and founder of AmSpirit Business Connections, talks with author and hurricane survivor Christine Perakis on strategies for utilizing relationships to survive the storms of life. Learn more about her at https://christineperakis.com/
There are three important steps to success on social media. There is no magic. There are no secret formulas or short cuts. The key is to follow these three important steps.
- Get Started (or expand your usage to be more effective)
- Make time to take a little action each day
- Commit to keeping after it
Admittedly, when it comes to social media there is a lot there and much to master and learn. There is nothing, however, that says you need to climb the learning curve in one day, one month or even one year. Even the most proficient users of social media find that they are continually learning new things.
Besides, no one is judging you on your proficiency using social media. They are only judging you on the value you bring to the network.
Frank Agin, host of Networking Rx and founder of AmSpirit Business Connections, encourages you to be generous with the value you add to the world, but indicates that you’ll encounter one of four responses to your contributions.
Frank Agin, host of Networking Rx and founder of AmSpirit Business Connections, discusses the concept of listening to understand and validate, or LUV, which is from materials shared by Tim Shurr (@TimShurr), an author, business leadership psychologist and host of the How To Be Mesmerizing podcast.
To successfully engage yourself in social media (this immensely-large, continuously running and information-rich networking event), you only need to devote about 100 hours per year to it.
Now, when you put it that way, the task may seem insurmountable. Here is the reality, however: This translates to only about 20 minutes a day or a couple hours scattered over the course of a week. That does not seem so bad.
In the morning, when you are enjoying a cup of coffee, you might tinker with your profile.
Another day, you take a mid-morning break and interact within one of the groups you’ve joined.
Then, at some point during the week, while you are waiting for dinner to warm up (or arrive) you jump into a discussion or answer a question.
Finally, when there is a break in the action from the big game you are watching, Share An Update.
It is important to note that there are websites and applications available that will empower you to be more effective interacting and sharing information. While those are beyond the scope of this program, a quick search online and you will find plenty.
Frank Agin, host of Networking Rx and founder of AmSpirit Business Connections, discusses research from Jeffrey A. Hall (U of Kansas) that supports the notion that friends are built more through the quality of conversation and sharing rather than just time together.
Frank Agin, host of Networking Rx and founder of AmSpirit Business Connections, gets LinkedIn expert Joe Apfelbaum to share ideas and techniques for deriving success off the world’s largest professional networking website. Find Joe at www.joelinkedin.com