Introverts Rock at Networking

That's right, I said it. Introverts rock at networking. It's true. Introverts can actually be better at networking than extroverts. Shocked, are you? "What's the catch?" you ask? Here it is: Introverts rock at networking when they do it by embracing their natural strengths. This means that the path to good networking for an introvert [...]

By | 2019-01-23T11:16:42+00:00 April 5th, 2017|Uncategorized|4 Comments

What To Do When Mingling is Mandatory

Recently, I've talked a lot about how to avoid traditional networking events and still build your network (see: You Don't Need Networking Events). But that isn't always possible. Maybe your boss sends you to an industry mixer. Maybe you're at a conference with several networking breaks. Sooner or later, most of us will find ourselves in [...]

By | 2018-01-31T17:44:25+00:00 March 1st, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

You Don’t Need Networking Events

Let's face it: most of us would rather have a root canal than attend a networking event. Just the word "networking" conjures up images of the worst case scenario: a room full of strangers, struggling to make any connection, feeling pressured and uncomfortable. But here's the good news. Networking isn't actually about events. Networking is [...]

By | 2019-01-23T11:23:59+00:00 January 5th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Volunteer to Build Your Network

Whether you're looking to grow your own network, spark some connection within your work team, or foster ties between members of a broader group (like an association), volunteering can be a crackerjack tool. In my time as a corporate fundraiser, I  both watched it in action and used it myself. Let's look at how it works for [...]

By | 2017-11-22T10:27:26+00:00 December 7th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Finding Your People: Where to Network

I Love Networking, Except When I Don't Although I usually love networking, like most people, I sometimes find myself in networking situations where I simply have no motivation. It feels wrong and goes poorly when the people there can't help me with any of my goals. This may sound selfish but keep in mind: networking takes time and [...]

By | 2019-01-23T11:33:11+00:00 October 5th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

How To Talk To Jerks

We've all met our fair share of jerks. They’re loud, they’re angry. They’re pretty sure they know what's wrong, and who's at fault. And they're more than happy to spout off about it. I meet jerks in networking environments, in my work to help people connect and collaborate better within groups and organizations, and in my personal life. [...]

By | 2019-01-23T12:02:54+00:00 August 31st, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

How and Why to Ask for Anything

Asking Can Lead to Success Many years ago, I had a summer job as a server at a high end hotel. The management decided to run a contest. Whoever could get the most comment cards filled out would win a sweatshirt. As I write this, that sweatshirt is sitting in my dresser drawer. Here's how I did [...]

By | 2019-01-23T12:17:56+00:00 August 3rd, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

How To Win Friends and Influence People – Using Connection

After teaching a workshop at an event the other day, I ran into an acquaintance and we got to talking. He brought up something he struggles with and when I responded that I often struggle with the same thing, he seemed astonished. "You?!" he said, "But I thought you were so successful! You always seem to [...]

By | 2019-01-23T13:42:17+00:00 May 11th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Why Are We Making People Network?

Face it: Networking Sucks. Everyone hates networking. It's awkward, it's uncomfortable, and it takes a special combination of skills, personality and confidence to do it successfully. So why do we as event organizers keep making them do it? We not only include networking time in almost every large event, we go so far as to trumpet [...]

By | 2017-08-10T21:54:56+00:00 February 4th, 2016|Uncategorized|1 Comment

Purpose and Safety: Your Best Friends When Talk Gets Tough

Last month, I reviewed what is, for my money, one of the best communications resources out there: Crucial Conversations. I promised to share one of my favourite insights from the book in my next post, and here it is. The authors tell us that the first thing to do in any tough conversation is to [...]

By | 2017-08-10T21:54:56+00:00 January 20th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments