Posts Tagged "social capital"

Effective Networking: Taking a Pay It Forward Approach to Making Connections That Matter

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If you’re looking for a new job, and are in Silicon Valley, or live mid-Peninsula, why not consider checking out CAM and join me this Saturday, October 20, 2012 for:

Effective Networking: Taking a Pay It Forward Approach to Making Connections That Matterhttp://www.mppc.org/calendar/career-actions-ministry
Guest Speaker:  Sandy Jones-Kaminski

Bay Area-based author and speaker, Sandy Jones-Kaminski, believes that beyond self-promotion, networking can help build community, and that just like leadership and management skills, networking skills CAN be learned. And when approached with a “pay it forward” attitude, networking can even help create healthier social and business environments. Sandy will offer her advice and share some practical tips on how to cultivate meaningful connections, engage in thoughtful conversations and create good social capital in your career and professional life.

Just some of what you will discover and learn:

  • the truth behind the four myths of networking
  • in-person and online techniques to organically grow your personal and professional networks
  • ways to begin a conversation other than with that dreaded phrase, “So what do you do?”

Sandy will also host a book signing at the event, and is donating 2 copies of “I’m at a Networking Event–Now What???” to be raffled off after her presentation (also available on Amazon or iTunes).

About the Speaker:  Sandy Jones-Kaminski is a national speaker, networking expert, and author of “I’m at a Networking Event–Now What???,” the #1 pick on the Inc.com 2010 Business Book Wish List. She shares her insights and advice across the country as a professional development speaker and trainer, and has been both an executive in the HR outsourcing industry and accomplished business development professional. She has written numerous articles for WomenEntrepreneur and is a bylined columnist for both Biospace.com, Business2Community and PayScale. Sandy has been featured on Work Goes Strong, Bankrate.com, Fox Business News, You’re Hired!, and My Global Career. She also practices what she preaches by facilitating in-person networking events called Pay It Forward Parties and, at one time, was even a volunteer Chicago Greeter. You can find Sandy on Twitter via @sandyjk or online at belladomain.com.

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5 Ways to Pay It Forward on LinkedIn

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With Thanksgiving right around the corner, why not set aside a half hour each week between now and Turkey Day to show some gratitude to your network by paying it forward on LinkedIn? Here are 5 ways you can:

1) Write an unexpected Recommendation for a connection.

If you worked with or hired someone that turned out to be a rock star go ahead and write a recommendation for them. It’s also a great way to reconnect with a connection that’s drifted off your regular touch base list. Just keep it brief and specific and avoid writing a generic reco because they’re almost always useless to your contact.

Most folks don’t even display recos that sound similar to this, “Bob is a stand-up guy and someone I’d be happy to work with again in the future. Most people think they know sales, but Bob really does!” This might have some posting value if it instead said, “Bob is a reliable, proactive and positive team player, and if I were asked to name a few sales leaders to be on a speaker panel, Bob’s name would be at the top of my list. He exceeded our team goals quarter after quarter and made it to our President’s list 5 years in a row.”

2) Endorse a connection’s skills when you’re reminded of them (maybe via a tweet, status update, blog post or prompt from LinkedIn).Pay It Forward on LinkedIn

Since LinkedIn added this new “To Do” to our lists, I’ve heard both groaning about as well as praise for it, but why not try to endorse at least 1 connection’s skills during your regular visits to LinkedIn?

3) Invite new or old contacts to connect on LinkedIn.

Just be sure to send a PERSONAL message expressing what you noted, respect or appreciate about them, and if you only “met” them via Twitter or somewhere random like that, just be honest about why you want to be connected on LinkedIn (“let’s not lose touch”). Whatever you do, don’t use the default Invitation to Connect unless you’re using your smart phone right in front of them at an event or on the subway (or whatever) and have opened the LinkedIn mobile app.

4) Make mutually beneficial unsolicited introductions.

When you absolutely, positively know that 2 of your connections would benefit by knowing each other, use LinkedIn to make an introduction. Just be sure that in the message you explain your motivation and then let the 2 parties take it from there. When you make intros within LinkedIn your connections can usually see a bit more about the other party (via their profile) and can then decide for themselves whether they want to take the conversation further and/or outside of LinkedIn.

5) Share your knowledge and insights on LinkedIn Answers.

Unlike the Discussions section within LinkedIn Groups, promoting your personal/professional brand by way of sharing your knowledge, advice and insights is an accepted way to pay it forward, and possibly be recognized (maybe you’ll win a Best Answers green star?) when you’re within Answers. I also think that for folks that live in smaller metros where the in-person networking opportunities are limited, Answers is a great way to broaden your reach and grow your network online.

Please share any other ways you’ve found, or seen others, pay it forward on LinkedIn. Do you have any success stories you can share from participating in LinkedIn Answers?

 

 

 

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Networking defined and why it matters

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Find out how I define networking and why I think it matters by watching the interview I did with Steve Piazzale, Ph.D., the host of  “You’re Hired!”

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How NOT to leave a job

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I’ve been wanting to write a post about how one should NOT leave a job for a while now, but I’ve been too busy at my new job. And then, what do you know? Glassdoor went ahead and shared a blog post from @myfootpath for me! It’s titled, “How To Resign On Good Terms,” and they did a fine job of it.

I especially like the emphasis on giving more than 2 weeks notice when you’re in a higher level or key position. Believe it or not, I know someone that after 8 years actually gave what amounted to less than 2 weeks notice and left when their only back-up was on a planned vacation. It was very sad.

All too often, what I don’t think people consider is just how many bridges they’re burning when they leave without enough notice, don’t help find a replacement or thoroughly document the status of their projects, accounts or work. And, I’m not referring to the bridges in management because, unfortunately, and all too often, they just move on quickly since they don’t typically “do” the person’s work anyway. I’m talking about the bridges that will really matter…those that connect you to your co-workers. Now that’s the group with which you need to be concerned because you never know where they are going to turn up again or how you might need their help in the form of intel, contacts, a reference or a referral from them down the road.

Today, reality is, our 6 degrees of separation are more like 3 or 4 degrees, and more often than not, you will bump into each other again. Don’t let the last thing people remember about you be how you left them high and dry to clean up the mess you may have left behind. Besides, it’s just seriously bad karma, so please take heed people and read the Glassdoor post!

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Learning to Love LinkedIn Tip #5

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If you can’t find a LinkedIn group that matches your needs, just create one of your own!  It’s a fairly easy process and one where most of the work is actually done before you even create the group within LinkedIn.

One of the first things you need to do is describe the group’s mission or purpose, your goals for the group, and then consider deciding on a code of conduct as well.  As an example, for my Bella Domain Networking group one of my “rules” is: Be nice or leave. You might also want to include things like what your policy will be if members post things that aren’t relevant to the group, start contacting members with direct solicitations or are just way “off topic” in general.

When you’re ready to create and promote the group you can even upload a logo/icon for it (caution: there is a max. on the number of times you can change the image), and if set up correctly, any group can be super easy to manage and moderate. For some inspiration, please feel free to check out the group I launched last year called Bella Domain Networking.

Bella Domain Networking Group on LinkedIn

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