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    Building Relationships Organically – Part 3

    Step 2: Converse

    You are one conversation away from your next opportunity. One conversation away from learning of a key way to re-position yourself for your next job; from gaining a deeper understanding of the needs of a potential new client and how you might address them effectively; or from finding the ideal joint venture …

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    When Does Appreciating Lead to Advocating?

    Gratitude seems to be a rare or discounted commodity. In our time deprived, hyper-connected world, we may text a quick “thx” or smiley face and go on our way.  And, practices like that make us like everyone else – just average.

    How do you stand out in someone’s mind? How do you engage and inspire …

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    Posted in Career Development, Networking, Personal Branding, Success Strategies

    Maintaining Networking Momentum After You Land the Job

    Networking is something many job seekers get into reluctantly. It can feel awkward if you haven’t done much of it before. What do you do, where do you start?

    Losing your job, especially, can make you want to hold back from meeting new people and talking about yourself. What will you say when they ask …

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    Posted in eBrand, Networking, Personal Branding, Success Strategies

    How the Company You Keep Can Fuel or Foil Your Success

    I was fascinated by an article in the New York Times last week that described how runners who train in groups tend to do better than those who train alone, even with a coach.

    The article highlights the fact that the great American marathoners of the 70s and 80s trained in groups. Then when the …

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    Posted in Brand Yourself As, Career Development, Personal Branding, Reputation Management, Success Strategies

    World Wide Rave with Your Personal Brand

    Great video from David Meerman Scott author of the new book entitled World Wide Rave.

    While you watch the video think of the implications for your personal brand or your business and what you can be doing to get ahead and reach your goals!

    What is clear is that those who do something different and …

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    Posted in Brand Yourself As, Career Development, eBrand, Networking, Personal Branding, Positioning, Reputation Management, Social Media

    Tips to Develop Your Personal Brand from Michael Port, Marketing Guru

    The first book I read by Michael Port was Book Yourself Solid: The Fastest, Easiest and Most Reliable System for Getting More Clients Than You Can Handle Even if You Hate Marketing and Selling. It contains some of the most practical, actionable, and no-nonsense advice I’ve come across to authentically market yourself.

    Port sees personal …

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    Posted in Networking, Personal Branding, Positioning, Reputation Management, Success Strategies

    Networking at Conferences – Part 3

    People have heard me say many times that I tend to avoid networking events. What? A networking expert not getting out face-to-face? Don’t I practice what I preach, especially since the subtitle of my book is “attract a following in person and online?”

    Of course I do! I think networking in person is a vital …

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    Posted in Career Development, Networking, Personal Branding, Success Strategies

    6 Tips to Keep a Mentor

    I get messages almost daily from people who read my blog and want to meet with me by phone or in-person. As a rule, though, I won’t meet with anyone unless they have interacted with me several times, or they give me a good reason (not just “let’s chat”). I realize this may make me …

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    The Power of Referral Partners: Why Two Brands are Better Than One

    Whenever I’m at a conference or networking event, my favorite group of people to look for are those I can learn from, who have specific expertise that they are passionate about and love to share. I thoroughly enjoy finding out what people do, what’s been successful for them, and applying those ideas to my own …

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    Posted in brand matchup, entrepreneurship, Networking, Personal Branding, Success Strategies

    Why Tactics Without Strategy is a Recipe for Networking Frustration

    Are you heavy on tactics and light on strategy when it comes to networking for your business? You’ll know if you’re feeling at all frustrated that the time you’ve put in is far outweighed by the meager results you’ve gotten out.

    Trouble is that when we get into this situation we think we need to …

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