Recently I was contemplating having 600+ connections on my LinkedIn profile. Do I truly know 600+ people? Have I been “good” about cultivating my network?
Social Media reminds me a lot of kids on the playground. Will you play with me? Will you like me? Will you be my friend?
Maintaining an active network is a lot of work. I may not see the short term effects but long term payoffs according to the experts are a definite plus.
Recently I watched “Professional Networking” with Dorie Clark on Lynda.com. Ms. Clark made it look easy; making the time; strategy on what you want; and how to do it, maintaining a consistent and quality level of communication with all your contacts. I highly recommend you watch this course if you’re interested. Access to Lynda.com is free with your library card.
Check all the great networking titles at GPL!
Business networking, the survival guide : how to make networking less about stress and more about success
A foot in the door : networking your way into the hidden job market
Knock ’em dead social networking : for job search and professional success
Networking all-in-one for dummies
The politics of promotion : how high-achieving women get ahead and stay ahead
Social networking for career success : using online tools to create a personal brand
Strategic connections : the new face of networking in a collaborative world
The 29% solution : 52 weekly networking success strategies
As Keith Ferrazzi says “The currency of real networking is not greed but generosity.”
I remind myself networking is more about the quality of the connection over the number of connections.