The Best (and Most Practical) Networking Advice Ever (in less than 140 characters)

I know that a lot of people find no value in Twitter (I used to be one of them) and I understand that it’s a box of chocolates – you never know what you are going to get (sometimes good and worthwhile, sometimes fluff, and sometimes worse).

Yesterday morning I was treated (via Twitter) to some of the best networking advice EVER by one Peter Shankman (@petershankman). He said –

Today’s job: Meet three new people, and figure out how you can be helpful to them. THAT’s good networking.

Whether you are looking for work or gainfully employed this should be your goal each and every day – expand your circle and help others in the process (and wear a cool name tag like the one below)

For more from a job-search perspective on the benefits of being a ‘do-gooder’ check out this out and for more on job-search networking click here.

Until next time – good hunting and good luck!


4 responses to “The Best (and Most Practical) Networking Advice Ever (in less than 140 characters)

  1. Well said Matt. I think President Kennedy once said “Ask not what your network can do for you – ask what you can do for your network!”

    How can I help you?

  2. As New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is fond of saying, “in God we trust; all others bring data.” Can folks (non-recruiters) from Nashville provide concrete incidents where this has actually succeeded? I happen to “believe” in the approach but I got no data.

  3. One of my favorite career ministry organizations is C3G (Christ Centered Career Groups) located in Atlanta at North Point church (Andy Stanley). I’ve attended it a few times and they have an approach that’s very much like this article. Sit at a table with 5-8 other people. Go around the table introducing yourselves. But the key: focus on what YOU can do for everyone ELSE at the table, not what they can do for you.

  4. I agree with Ed. Examples of exactly HOW this has been done successfully would be very helpful. It’s easy to say: “help your network,” it’s more challenging to do.

    But I have some ideas:

    * Research a hot topic under discussion in your network, provide a 3 page synopsis.
    * Set up a blog with a news feed catering to your network’s interests. Let everyone know.
    * Make a list of all the ‘players’ in that market, with links to their websites/PR pages.
    * Draw up a 10 point “how to solve x / y / z problem” and offer it.
    * Make a personal call, “I’d like to help you free, perhaps providing an alternative solution to what your team comes up with, just one aspect of it”
    * Do a survey, perhaps a series of surveys sent out to the network, focused on collecting opinion on new products, services, the economy – anything helpful or interesting. Then offer the results – of course taking credit and with a blurb about how you’re looking for opportunities.

    Whether this exercise will transform into a job opportunity, of course, is uncertain, Ed. However I also have to ask my self: “how can someone who takes that approach and persists with it, NOT come out a winner?!”

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