Monday, March 27, 2006

More Effective Networking

I recently read a new book about using networking in job change. The principles apply in using networking for other activities too. The book is "The $100,000+ Career: The New Approach to Networking for Executive Job Change."

It always surprises me that so many people handle networking without finesse. Networking is not a "hey, give me leads and contacts so I can disappear from your life" game. Networking is about building a network of friends so that you have this network throughout your life. It means not simply reciprocity, not a "quid pro quo" approach, but a genuine desire to help others and act as a model for good behavior. In the long run, this pays off, not simply materially, but in terms of virtue being its own reward.

So go out and make some new friends. Any financial benefit is purely cream on the cake.

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