262) Network Building From 1,000 Acts

In China for the better part of a 1,000 years, the government practiced a form of torture known as “Death From A Thousand Cuts.” Under this form of execution, the convicted person was not killed mercifully. Rather the villain was executed by a series of daily small incisions. These collectively over time spelled doom for the condemned.

Establishing a strong network is truly the reverse of this. You successfully build a network by consistently performing literally thousands of small and seemingly insignificant acts.

You flash a big, happy smile thousands of times. You perform thousands of kind acts. You exhibit reliability with unfailing consistency thousands of times. No one smile, or single kind act, or individual demonstration of dependability has any significance in and of itself. Collectively, however, they have an immense power to build your network.

Knowing that it takes thousands of insignificant acts to build a great network, continually ask yourself, “What seemingly, meaningless network building act am I doing right now?”


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258) Be Grateful

In the book Be Connected: Strategies To Attract The Right Opportunities, Connections And Clients Through Effective Networking, consultant, speaker, and author Terry Bean writes:

“Being grateful for what you have is far more powerful than complaining about what you lack.”

He goes on to explain that maintaining an attitude of gratitude allows you to have the right mindset. It’s from this proper attitude that you actually attract more of what you seek.

The human mind focuses on and becomes attuned to situations in your mind. If you dwell on life’s imperfections (and we all have them), you’ll find more and more of them. And, in time, become consumed by a downward spiral of negativity.

But if you focus on and become grateful for whatever you have, your brain will work to attract more of it. Be thankful for all the wonderful things in life … personal and professional … and you’ll find that additional goodness will come your way.


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Networking Rx: Ways To Fail At Networking (EPS 136)

In preparation for the New Year, Frank Agin, founder and president of AmSpirit Business Connections and host of Networking Rx, discusses Adam Connors’ (@thenetworkwise) article on networking gone wrong and how to fix it. Read it at: http://www.networkwise.com/the-8-most-common-ways-people-fail-at-networking/?fbclid=IwAR3HkqCCbuFG-8KrR7S8nfEqNg9eY2MjVbW-nFhDtbywI67UzRS0xXZuncw

http://networkingrx.libsyn.com/ways-to-fail-at-networking-eps-136

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Networking Rx: Kay Coughlin on Listening & Relationships (EPS 135)

Frank Agin, founder and president of AmSpirit Business Connections and host of Networking Rx, talks with Facilitator on Fire CEO Kay Coughlin (@FacilitatorOF) about listening across the multiple generations in society today. For great free resources go to http://facilitatoronfire.net/resources/

http://networkingrx.libsyn.com/kay-coughlin-on-listening-relationships-eps-135

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Networking Rx: Trust Versus Competence (EPS 134)

Frank Agin, founder and president of AmSpirit Business Connections and host of Networking Rx, discusses the roles that trustworthiness and competence play into how others view you and how you build relationships. Sharing insights from Amy Cuddy’s (@amyjccuddy) book Presence: Bringing your BOLDEST SELF to your BIGGEST CHALLENGES

http://networkingrx.libsyn.com/trust-versus-competence-eps-134

For more information on AmSpirit Business Connections and its franchise opportunity program, contact Frank Agin at frankagin@amspirit.com or visit http://www.amspirit.com/franchise.php.

Networking Rx: Christine Schlonski & Heart Selling (EPS 133)

Frank Agin, founder and president of AmSpirit Business Connections and host of Networking Rx, talks with Christine Schlonski, the Queen of the Sales-Success mindset. For more on Christine or to listen to her top-ranked Heart Sales podcast, go to https://christineschlonski.com/.

http://networkingrx.libsyn.com/christine-schlonski-heart-selling-eps-133

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256) Standing O-H … I-O

Towards the end of the 1940 Michigan-Ohio State football game, Buckeye fans in attendance at Ohio Stadium made a standing ovation. That is not uncommon for a football program such as the Ohio State University. It’s an enthusiastic crowd and they often show their appreciation for a great performance.

This particular ovation, however, was for the opponent’s star player. You see, Michigan’s Tom Harmon almost single-handedly delivered a 40 to nothing loss on the Buckeyes.

No doubt you have competitors. Some of them might even rise to the level of being rivals. Great. If done the right way, this is healthy, as it serves to make you better and it collectively heightens the level of service in the entire business community.

In summary, great people applaud the achievement of others, even if they are competitors. So, when you see or learn of a remarkable performance in your professional world, don’t be afraid to let the person know. Recognizing them serves to make you a great person too.


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Networking Rx: The Strength Of Weak Ties (EPS 132)

Frank Agin, founder and president of AmSpirit Business Connections and host of Networking Rx, shares personal stories as well as actual research as to how the people we are merely acquainted with can be great networking partners.

http://networkingrx.libsyn.com/the-strength-of-weak-ties-eps-132

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Networking Rx: Diane Darling, Author & Networking Expert (EPS 131)

Frank Agin, founder and president of AmSpirit Business Connections and host of Networking Rx, gets enlightened on networking by Diane Darling (@DianeDarling), author of The Networking Survival Guide. For a chart on how to work a room, text DIANE to 345345.

http://networkingrx.libsyn.com/diane-darling-guest-interview-eps-131

For more information on AmSpirit Business Connections and its franchise opportunity program, contact Frank Agin at frankagin@amspirit.com or visit http://www.amspirit.com/franchise.php.

227) Light Someone’s Candle

Bob Graham, corporate trainer, speaker and author of the book Breakthrough Communication Skills, points out that a single person with a lit candle can, in mere seconds, be the catalyst for lighting an entire room of candles by simply sharing the light.

Graham’s point is simple: Metaphorically, we all hold a lit candle. Within each of us is a burning inspiration and flames of motivation.

And yet at the same time, we’re all surrounded by a litany of others whose candles are unlit. Their spirits are indifferent, dejected, or bordering on being completely demoralized.

With very little effort, we can use our passion to ignite the spirits of these listless souls. From there, the light will spread to others. And the best part is that sharing this does nothing to diminish the light within us.

So, take a moment today and light someone’s candle. Then watch as that flame fans out to others.


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