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7 Quick Ways to Connect With Anybody

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If you're introverted (like me), you may find it difficult to connect with people at social gatherings. If you're extroverted, you face a different challenge--your outgoing personality may run roughshod over people you'd like to know better.

Not to worry. There's help for all of us.

At the Reader's Legacy awards last weekend, I had the opportunity to meet with Larry Benet, who is the co-founder of SANG Events, which feature speakers like Tony Hsieh, Tony Robbins, and Jack Canfield.

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Grow your business (and enrich your life experience) with these seven simple questions that move conversations from chitchat into relationship building.

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Graeme Reid's curator insight, June 15, 7:46 PM

Some helpful questions for networking events.

Lisa Gorman's curator insight, June 15, 9:35 PM

This article has inspired mynext 'Communication Blues & Clues' blog post which be arriving tomorrow about the importance of how we structure our QUESTIONS... there are some EXCELLENT questions here  by Larry Benet - I can recommend this very quick read for those who get stuck on what questions to ask others in networking situations!

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The 3 Relationship-Building Habits You Need to Develop

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.Relationship capital isn't built quickly or easily--so here's what you can do to hone your skills

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Relationship capital isn't built quickly or easily--so here's what you can do to hone your skills

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An Introvert’s Guide to Networking

An Introvert’s Guide to Networking | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

You’ve probably heard conventional advice about networking: Practice your elevator pitch, try approaching people standing alone (they’ll be happy someone is talking to them), memorize icebreaker questions (“How did you hear about this group?” “What’s the most difficult part of your job?”)

Those are fine pieces of advice for certain kinds of events and certain kinds of people (ahem, extroverts). But what if the thought of going to such an event in the first place fills you with anxiety?

Then you might just be an introvert.

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Here’s how to make networking easier by doing as much as possible at home.

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Networking Faux Pas That Can Really Annoy Your Contacts

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If you're lucky, your network includes a few contacts you can always count on. These are the people who are truly in your corner. They say they'll forward your resume on — and then do. They help you prepare for an interview — and want you to keep them apprised of your progress. They congratulate you on your new job — and connect you with someone with years of experience in the field.
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Networking faux pas that can really annoy your contacts.

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The Ultimate Cheat Sheet for Mastering LinkedIn

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With more than 259 million users, LinkedIn is the most popular social network for professionals as well as one of the top social networks overall. Are you using it to its fullest potential?

While new social networks are sprouting up constantly, LinkedIn is a powerful platform that often gets underutilized or put on the back burner.

But the truth is, LinkedIn can be extremely powerful -- especially when you're aware of all the little hidden tricks that don't get nearly enough exposure as they deserve. To help you master LinkedIn, below is our ultimate list of 35 awesome tricks you may have been overlooking.

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LinkedIn can be extremely powerful -- especially when you're aware of all the little hidden tricks that don't get nearly enough exposure as they deserve.

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How Networking Can Make Us Feel Dirty

How Networking Can Make Us Feel Dirty | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

Network ties are essential to advancement in organizations: they provide access to opportunities, political insight, and technical knowledge. Yet networking with the goal of advancement often leaves individuals feeling somehow bad about themselves—even dirty. The authors use field and laboratory data to examine how goal-oriented or instrumental networking influences individual emotions, attitudes, and outcomes, including consequences for an individual's morality. The authors argue that networking for professional goals can impinge on an individual's moral purity—a psychological state that results from a person's view of the self as clean from a moral standpoint and through which a person feels virtuous—and thus make him or her feel dirty.

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Organizations need to create opportunities for emergent forms of networking, because people who need instrumental networking the most are the least likely to do it.

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The Science of Why Our Brains Are Wired to Connect

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“Without the sense of fellowship with men of like mind,” Einstein wrote, “life would have seemed to me empty.” It is perhaps unsurprising that the iconic physicist, celebrated as “the quintessential modern genius,” intuited something fundamental about the inner workings of the human mind and soul long before science itself had attempted to concretize it with empirical evidence. Now, it has: In Social: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Connect (public library), neuroscientist Matthew D. Lieberman, director of UCLA’s Social Cognitive Neuroscience lab, sets out to “get clear about ‘who we are’ as social creatures and to reveal how a more accurate understanding of our social nature can improve our lives and our society. Lieberman, who has spent the past two decades using tools like fMRI to study how the human brain responds to its social context, has found over and over again that our brains aren’t merely simplistic mechanisms that only respond to pain and pleasure, as philosopher Jeremy Bentham famously claimed, but are instead wired to connect.

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Managers: How well are you connecting?

Managers: How well are you connecting? | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it
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Earlier this year, I received two wake-up calls.


First, I learned that a long-time colleague is a very accomplished saxophonist. I had no idea of his interest in music, despite numerous interactions over several years. I was completely clueless about something really important to this individual.


Then, I discovered a neighbor had given birth to twins prematurely. I hadn’t even known this gal was pregnant and was mortified to learn she and her husband had been spending ever