Business Networking on ZeroToNetwork,
Business networking is very powerful. You're visiting my networking Blog, so you probably
"get it". However, there was a time when I had no clue to the limitless potential.
That was remedied when I was asked to step into the Career Transition Zone.
To compound matters, I was an Introvert. No clue about networking and an introvert
- oh boy was I in trouble.
With the help of some dynamic individuals, I went from "Zero to Networking".
I was now able to walk up to strangers and introduce myself, and learn the ways
of the business networking world. Eventually, I led Networking groups, mentored (even
while unemployed), became an Executive Recruiter, met with entrepeneurs and senior
level executives -- and eventually - found a great new position. I became an
extroverted-introvert. I became...connected! Zero to Networking!
Networking is very powerful! Oh yes - I made tons of mistakes, learned from
them and made different mistakes... and still, am not an expert. Who is?
That is the objective of the Zero To Network Blog, so we can learn from each other. Enjoy! Networking
is also fun! Stephen Harris
SPH Associates, An Online Marketing Agency
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Business Networking ZeroToNetwork Index of Blog Entries
Business Network Websites & Blogs:
Stephen Harris' Job-Stuff, a Blog for your Career
Edugree Career and Education
QuintCareers Networking Resources
Jim Stroud's Revenge of the Jobseeker
Women at Home Networking
BoldCareer, Online Business Coach
Business Opportunities Weblog
Jason's Recruiting Blog
Dr. Bamster - Career Doctor
Occupational Adventure - A Career should light your fire!
Other Blogs you might enjoy:
Apprentice Views - TV Series
David Newman, Marketing
Lori Richardson's Sales Process Diva
Creating Customer Evangelists
Tom Peters (Brand Called You and much more)
Think eBiz, eBusiness Strategy News, Views and Ramblings
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Saturday, January 21
Business Networking; it's your farm
Plant corn seeds in the spring, harvest in the fall. The fruits of you labor take time, and it's worth it when you finally get to eat the corn (Jersey corn!). And all through the summer you add water and tend to the weeds. Networking is farming. It's planting seeds and harvesting, sometimes days later, sometimes years.
Two stories of networking success that took time to harvest, one relates to me.
The first story is about someone that I have written about in the past, Deborah, a citizen of Singapore.
Time has faded how I actually started to mentor her, perhaps from this very blog. During the past years I have reviewed her writing (thesis) and resumes and given her support and advice. The cultural difference between S'pore and the United States made much of my advice not much help.
Then while having lunch with another "networking" friend in NYC, an opportunity presented itself. My friend in NYC needed a Far-East telecom industry market research . And the light bulb went off - Deb's thesis is on a Telecom subject, her speciality is market research and she is located in the Far East. And now with a lil luck Deb will be writing a market research report for my friend in NYC...
Way back when this blog was started (2002) I was migrating back from Atlanta and, through networking met the owner of a Marketing Agency.
We spoke frequently and the possibility of a consulting project was taking root. However, I signed on with a different agency, one focused on online marketing, and thus began my new career. It seemed that every 6 month there was a reason to keep in contact with Eric, the owner of the marketing agency. Then, on January 1st 2006, I signed on with Eric's company as VP Online Marketing. Employment was not something we ever spoke about until late in November...
It may take time to harvest business networking corn, but it is well worth it when it happens. Keep your business network well fed and your harvest will be bountiful.
Pass the another ear of (Jersey) corn please.
Posted at Saturday, January 21, 2006
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The Zero to Network Business Networking Bookshelf
The Virtual Handshake, by Scott Allen
How to Win Friends & Influence People, by Dale Carnegie
your Well Before You're Thirsty, Harvey Mackay
How to Build a Business Network of Power Relationships, Harvey Mackay
Power Networking, Donna Fisher
of Networking, Ivan R. Misner
Networking, Listening for Sucess, Steven Shapiro
Need to Be a Little Crazy : The Truth about Starting and Growing Your Business,
Six Fundamentals of Success, Stuart Levine
Unlimited Futures : How to Understand the Life You Have and Create the Life You Want, Dr. Bobbie Stevens
Selling to VITO, Anthony Parinello
Branding, Nick Wreden (Brand Futurist)
Solution Selling, Create Buyers in Difficult Selling Markets", by Michael Bosworth