436) Add Value Via Social Media.

Add Value Via Social Media

An effective use of social media is to share with your online network. Sure, you can enlighten others on who you are, who you’re with and what you’re doing. But beyond just being like your own personal publicist, you can use social media to add value.

Adding value is important whether you’re networking in a traditional manner or online. People simply want to associate with those that have something to offer. It is human nature. So, you can provide significant value to your online network by sharing content. This can include offering information, providing insights or simply alerting others to opportunities.

Furthermore, just like contributing content, you can add value by engaging your network. Ask questions that allow others to share. Solicit feedback, allowing others to chime in with an opinion. Create a forum for discussion and debate. Each of these creates interaction. With you. Amongst others. And all of it creates value within your network.


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Your Network Sucks & What You Should Do About It (EPS 488)

David Fisher, speaker and author of Networking in the 21st Century, shares insights on making modern day networking work for you (especially if you’re in sales). Learn more at https://davidjpfisher.com/podcast/networkingrx/

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Want Business Success? Get Out Of The Numbers And Into The People (EPS 487)

Charlotte Allen, renowned speaker, consultant and author, shares how she helps organizations improve the bottom line by becoming people-centered. Learn more at https://rebelsuccessforleaders.com/

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The Magic In Magical Networking (EPS 113)

Frank Agin, founder and president of AmSpirit Business Connections and host of Networking Rx, interviews Brian Miller (@bmillermagic), magician, author of Three New People: Make The Most of Your Daily Interactions and Stop Missing Amazing Opportunities and the talent behind a TEDx talk with over 3 millions views (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D4cV8yfgNyI). For a litany of information referenced in the podcast go to https://brianmillerspeaks.com/networkingrx

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CLAIM A Network – Build A Community (EPS 486)

Author, TEDx speaker and community builder across 15 areas in 5 states, Dea Irby shares about the value of belonging , being understood, and CLAIM’d. Learn more at https://www.deairby.com/

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Lights, Camera, Networking! (EPS 485)

Roger Legg, mild, mannered insurance agent by day, shares how networking opened the door to co-host the Film Coterie podcast and become a member of the Columbus Film Critics Association. Follow his work here: https://www.facebook.com/filmcoterie

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435) The Personal Care Package

The Personal Care Package

In his popular book, More … Word of Mouth Referrals, Lifelong Customers and Raving Fans, professional speaker Matt Ward introduces the concept of the Personal Care Package as a means of really staying on the radar of your best referral sources.

He shares, “To cut through the noise of marketing and advertising that bombards your contacts every day, you must find some very clever ways to reach them. Developing your personal care package is the key. This is a series of things you do to ensure that you remain on the top of your contact’s mind.”

Ward essentially asks, “What is it that you could send to your best referral sources?” And he shares that it has to show that you’ve taken note of who they are, what they’ve said, or what really matters to them.

Maybe it’s a unique trinket … an article or other information … or maybe chocolate-covered bacon. Figure that out and then take action.


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434) Paperclip To House

Paperclip To House

In the summer of 2005, Kyle MacDonald shared on the Internet that he was attempting to own a house by trading up from his starting position –a red paper clip. Immediately he traded the paper clip for a fish-shaped pen.

Another person saw more value in the pen than in the handmade doorknob he had. And similar logic followed as the doorknob was exchanged for a camp stove, followed by a 100-watt generator, then a Budweiser sign, which ultimately garnered a snowmobile.

From here, MacDonald secured an afternoon with rock star Alice Cooper, which he traded for a KISS snow globe, which converted into a paid movie role. Finally, someone offered a farmhouse in exchange for the movie role.

This is a wonderful metaphor for networking. The things you offer up to your network have more value in the hands of others. And what you get in return has a whole lot more value to you.  In short, networking arithmetic is a whole different breed of math.


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433) Expressing Admiration

Expressing Admiration

Think of the last person you spoke to. What qualities about them do you admire? Did you somehow convey that sentiment to them? Why not?

Now think about this. When you discover that someone admires qualities you possess, do you tend to have a heightened degree of admiration for them? I bet you do.

So, it stands to reason that a super simple, highly effective and very inexpensive means of drawing others to you is to let them know what you sincerely appreciate about them. You only need a moment to say it. Or a few keystrokes to fire out an e-mail. Or a postage stamp and a little ink on a handwritten note.

With this little bit of effort, you set in motion powerful forces that serve to amplify your relationship with whomever you choose.

So, what’s stopping you? It’s easy to do. And the rewards are amazing. So, let someone know why you appreciate them.


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Want A Better Network? Share A Pizza! (EPS 484)

Frank Agin shares the finding of a 2017 University of Chicago Booth School of Business study that eating the same foods promotes cooperation, conflict resolution, and the general building of trust.

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