On Writing: Positive Networking

This week I'm sharing networking tips from a fabulous book that I tripped upon a few years ago: “Power Networking – 55 Secrets for Personal & Professional Success”, by Donna Fisher and Sandy Vilas. I highly recomend this book to anyone looking to move ahead in their career. The advice within applies to many professions, but I'm going to add my spin for the writers out there.

Yesterday I touched on negative networking. Today let's explore positive networking. The kind of networking that really works. According to Fisher and Vilas:

Networking is:
* The process of gathering, collecting, and distributing information for the mutual benefit of you and the people in your network

Beth says: Your network being the people that you interact with on both a regular and limited basis. Most of you do this without even thinking about it.

* The genuine expression of interest in others and the willingness to contribute and support them when possible

Beth says: In other words… It’s not just about you and your career. What can you do to make a difference in someone else’s life? While attending a conference there are multitudes of opportunities for positive networking. Helping someone who had their hands full . . . chatting with the people around you in line. Inviting someone to sit at your table when they arrived looking a little lost and alone.

* Giving as well as getting information

Beth says: Share your personal expertise with your critique partners. Share industry news on your email loops, research a subject and write an article or present a workshop. No contribution is too small. Listen and learn, but also reach out and give back.

Tomorrow: Networking in action.

Quote for the day:

“Effective networking is little more than basic friendliness to strangers – and then maybe going a little further for their sake. When we put others at ease, we also put ourselves at ease and that opens up the door to connect. We meet a lot of people every day, but how many do we take the time to get to know even a little bit? Yet, it’s the ones we know that we remember.” – Mary Stella, published author, media relations/public relations specialist


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