Ever felt unsure of what to say or do at a networking event? Confused about what the most important thing to do? Not really sure why you’re there or whether you should just watch and see what others do? Unsure if the people you meet will like you and remember you? Feel out of place in public?
Is social networking on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and others more or less important than face-to-face networking at an event? Should you BLOG or write articles about the type of business you have for other Websites?
Something important to remember about Social Networking: “When you land on social media pretending to be God’s gift to the Internet you turn everyone off and assure they’re not listening to you.”
There is probably more confusion about social networking and how to use it rather than attending networking groups and events. The interesting thing is that it all works. Some better than others.
What to do? There are so many choices and so little time.
Here is what works for me. I have found that Blogging about several topics has been useful to me. You will see a list of 3 other BLOGS that I write for at the end of this article. Something new is posted on each BLOG every 4th day. Each BLOG post is automatically posted on Facebook and Twitter.
I also use Facebook (as of today – nearly 3,000 friends) and Twitter. I post one “relationship” Tweet each day. It doesn’t take long to write 140 characters. I have 5 Websites and add new content at least once each week.
I attend business networking groups (the small groups work better for me) and also an ocassional large networking event. I belong to and attend regularly several associations that are related to my work. I am invited to speak on personal relationships and business networking. I’ve written 5 books and am working on another one. I stay busy and I LOVE what I do. Loving your life’s work is key. There is a sign in my office that says, “If it feels like work, you must be doing something wrong!”
Sometimes you have to test the water to see what works best for you.
Here is a clue. . . do what brings you the highest return on your investment of time. No excuses!
“I just don’t have time!” Oh, really? People who say things like that most likely have not learned how to set priorities.
Copyright © 2010 – Larry James. Larry James is a Professional Speaker, Author and Coach. He presents networking seminars nationally and “Networking” coaching by telephone or one-on-one. His latest book is, Ten Commitments of Networking: Creative Ways to Maximize Your Personal Connections! Something NEW about Networking is posted on this Networking BLOG every 4th day! Visit Larry’s Networking Website at: “Networking HQ!”
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