How To Open Up Your Network With Care Packages (EPS 179)

Frank Agin has a conversation with Matt Ward (speaker, author and consultant) about the concept of care packages to build relationships.

Learn more about Matt at https://breakthrough-champion.com/

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The One Book That Will Ignite Your Network (EPS 504)

President of Influence Network Media, Melanie Booher, shares how being part of a book writing collective will help build your network and your influence. Learn more at https://www.linkedin.com/company/influence-network-media/

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445) WANTED: Strangers

WANTED: Strangers

Good old Mom told you not to talk to strangers. And that was good advice. Unfortunately, society has that fringe of individuals looking to prey on the innocence of youth.

But that was then. This is now. And you’re no looking that little kid, are you? No! You live in the grown-up world. And while you still need to be aware of certain individuals, generally speaking you’re good to talk with strangers.

After all, in the grown-up world strangers are people just like you. Decent. Responsible. And aspiring, to list a few attributes. In summary, these strangers are new contacts that have a wonderful knack of becoming good friends, great clients and gateways to incredible opportunities.

So, it’s now okay. You can forget Mom’s warnings. Get out there and talk to strangers. But do remember to eat your vegetables. They’re still good for you.


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444) Leading From The Bench

Leading From The Bench

In his book The Next One Up Mindset, mental edge guru Grant Parr shares a quote from Abby Wambach, the longtime superstar forward for the US Women’s National Soccer Team.

Wambach said, “If you’re not going to be a leader on the bench, how can you be a leader on the field.”

Parr goes on to elaborate, that whomever you are and no matter what your role, lead. Don’t wait to be anointed as the team’s star. Don’t wait to be elected team captain.

It’s important to note that this notion has application beyond athletic competition. It’s also sage advice for corporate America, entrepreneurial realms and even those associated with non-profits and social initiatives. It applies to really anyone who has interaction with others.

Whomever you are. Whatever you do. Embrace your role. Take pride in it. Lead others by how you carry yourself and support others. No matter the endeavor this will get you off the figurative bench that much sooner.


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443) Can I Put You On Hold?

Can I Put You On Hold?

Who likes to be put on hold? No one. People hate being put on hold.  Who likes to hear, “I can’t talk right now. I’ll get back to you ASAP”? Again, nobody like this.

Now if you operate in the real world (and you likely do), you know that putting someone on hold or having to call them back is inevitable, right? It can be a good problem, as at times things are coming at you so fast you need to use these tactics to keep a handle on things.

Knowing that people generally do not like these ploys, use them sparingly. When you do have to use them, make the hold time brief and the call back time quick. And if for whatever reason you can’t, get with the person immediately to re-frame their expectations.

No one like to be put off. But people cannot help but like someone who respects that.


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442) Networking TQM

Networking TQM

In his book Achieving Success Through Social Capital, Dr. Wayne Baker relates a means of improving your networking skills using a manufacturing industry practice known as Total Quality Management, or TQM.  The first step is to list out things you’re not doing that you should be, like:   

  • Not appropriately thanking someone; or,
  • Not promptly returning a telephone call or e-mail; or
  • Failing to actively listen when engaged in conversation.

And this list could go on. Once you have the list, make a tally by each defect when you fail to do what you should have.

After several weeks, you’ll gain a sense as to what you can improve.  But as Baker points out, just knowing that you’re tracking certain behaviors will serve to help you avoid committing these failures, which creates improvement in and of itself.

In short, through networking TQM you’ll improve your networking PDQ … pretty darn quick.


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441) Crafting Note Card Commercials

Crafting Note Card Commercials

In her Networking Ninja series on YouTube, body language expert Alison Henderson encourages you to use note cards to craft various impactful 30-second commercials. According to Henderson, on individual cards you should draft short sentences that address a variety of topics like:

  • What you do?
  • Who you do it with?
  • Short client stories
  • Insightful tips
  • Things that differentiate you

Then leading up to a networking activity, pull out the sequence of cards that make the most sense based on the circumstances of the event. This gives you a fresh, unique and appropriate introduction.

From here, take the time to practice. As Henderson indicates, work through your cards. Read them when you have time between meetings. Recite your commercial aloud as you get ready in the morning and during your commute to and from work. With this note card preparation and practice, you’ll make a lasting impact with your introduction at any event.


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How Being Networked Builds Your Leadership, And Vis Versa (EPS 503)

Frank Agin shares the show with podcasters and leadership consultant Nicky J. Davies (https://www.linkedin.com/in/nicky-j-davies-executivecoach/) to explore the link between great networking and strong leadership.

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The Key To Identifying Toxic People In Your Network (EPS 502)

Frank Agin shares insight from a psychological study on identifying toxic people, as reported by Jeremy Dean, PhD in his PsyBlog newsletter. To learn more (or subscribe) go to https://www.spring.org.uk/ .

For more great insight on professional relationships and business networking visit https://www.amspirit.com/blog/ or contact Frank Agin at frankagin@amspirit.com.

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The Inspiring Power Of Gratitude To Build Relationships (EPS 177)

Frank Agin has a conversation with University of Washington Associate Professor Ryan Fehr about the impact of gratitude in our professional environments. To contact Ryan, e-mail him at rfehr@uw.edu.

For more great insight on professional relationships and business networking visit https://www.amspirit.com/blog/ or contact Frank Agin at frankagin@amspirit.com.

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