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as a mountain, an assembly as well as a masterpiece, seen too near, is
~ Victor Hugo
"For as children tremble and fear everything in the blind
darkness, so we in the light sometimes fear what is no more to be feared
than the things children in the dark hold in terror and imagine will
~Titus Lucretius Carus
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BREAKING UP IS HARD TO DO!
By Anne Baber & Lynne Waymon
A common networking question is
“How do you END a conversation?”
Many people have difficulty with this. Whether you want to cling to a person
for the safety of having someone at your side at a crowded event, or if
you’re the type that has ‘just one more story’ you feel you must share …
ending the conversation can be difficult.
Here are some tips that Contacts Count recommends:
End with the future in mind. Recap what you said you would GIVE,
make sure you have the person’s contact information and follow up within
Ask your conversational partner to introduce you to someone else.
“Do you know anyone at the meeting from the Programming Committee?”
Let the person know you enjoyed talking to him and thank him for his
Use Contact Count’s method: LEAVE.
Let go after 5 – 10 minutes.
Explain what’s on your Agenda.
Appreciate your partner.
Verify the next step.
Exit with a smile and a handshake.
Remember, change is under-rated. Whether you’re leaving a long-term
relationship or a 5 minute conversation, it’s still a change and it can be
awkward or difficult. When it’s time to move on, simply thank him for his
time, shake hands and go forward with confidence to find your next
Sue Schnorr is the President of Training Insights, Inc. and Associate with
Contacts Count. She enjoys teaching skills workshops and Webinars and
consulting in instructional design. She will lead a conversation and teach
networking tips at 4.30pm, immediately before the 1st LinkedIn LIVE Event on
Oct. 27 to benefit Flower City Habitat
This article is brought to you, compliments of Sue Schnorr,
President, Training Insights, Inc.
Associate, Contacts Count
70 Linden Oaks, 3rd floor
Rochester, NY 14625
Anne Baber and Lynne Waymon are principals of Contacts Count, a
nationwide consulting and training firm that specializes in business and
professional networking, and career development. They are co-authors of six
books. The most recent is Make Your Contacts Count: Networking Know-How for
Business and Career Success (2007, AMACOM). Fortune 500 companies license
their training programs. Put the tools of networking to work in the service
of business goals. Visit
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about managing your search.
composes her blog outside of work hours as a personal passion to assist
those in career transition.
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One phenomenon that has grown rapidly since the first edition of this
book is networking using social media, also referred to as Web 2.0
(web-two-point-o). While young college students and recent graduates are
very familiar with Facebook, Twitter and MySpace media for social
networking, more experienced professionals and business-only networkers
appreciate the power of business networking tools like LinkedIn.
LinkedIn has grown exponentially in recent years. When I joined LinkedIn
in 2004, I often had to explain what it was to my business peers and
friends; I had to show them why I found it valuable. Interestingly, many of
my peers inside and outside Xerox at the time thought that networking tools
like LinkedIn were a distraction. They didn’t see the value, particularly
since they were comfortable in their jobs, and perceived networking as
something to do only if you became unemployed. But I used it as a very
effective (and free) networking research tool. For example, if I wanted to
look up the chief human resources officer (CHRO) of a specific company, I
could use the Search tool in LinkedIn to find exactly that individual. Since
a significant part of my job was to find and establish business
relationships with thought leaders in human resources all over the nation on
behalf of Xerox, I found LinkedIn to be an invaluable tool because it cuts
across geographical and organizational boundaries. Over time, I was even
able to persuade many of our internal recruiters that they could search for
and approach ‘passive’ candidates (those who were employed and not actively
looking for work) who were leaders in their field. By approaching passive
candidates, they could comb organizations for their best talent and inform
them about our value proposition.
That was years ago.
Today, LinkedIn is recognized as the single most often used vehicle in
job search for professionals, and the most reliable and economical tool in
any recruiter’s tool box.
Ironically, many of the people who often ignored my invitations to join my
list on LinkedIn – while they were comfortably employed – have changed their
minds and are now ever so eager to invite me to their lists because they
became unemployed during the financial crisis of 2008-2009. They could have
been networking all while they were still employed, but waited until they
had a pink slip before they reluctantly accepted networking as a necessary
part of life.
So if you are employed and want to meet influential people who can
assist you with your career, or if you are unemployed and looking for a job,
business networking tools like LinkedIn can be used to conduct searches of
people in certain companies or industries or just to track down persons in
our work history who may hold the key to a potential opportunity for
introduction or advancement.
I encourage you to find out how social networking tools like LinkedIn
work. LinkedIn is free for you and me. Just fill out your profile and reach
out to people you know. Nowadays, all recruiters realize its value, and some
of them pay a fee to take advantage of its powerful search, job posting, and
advanced networking capabilities. So in order for you to be ‘found’, you
have to go to where the recruiters go – LinkedIn.
Quietly, working behind the scenes for years without pay nor
recognition, Ken supported The August Group as its webmaster since 2007. Ken
had no real webmaster experience when he inherited the first generation
website built by Eric Scoles and supported by Lynne Perry. They too left
feeling disenfranchised and unappreciated by members and August Group
leadership. Lynne was the caretaker of transition. She too learned much of
her web skills diving in to help others just as Ken did.
Ken took the opportunity to help others and dug in to learn what he must for
the benefit of all. It's the manner of those who see it as an obligation to
develop their interests and share their skills in a purely pay-it-forward
manner. Ken took the role of webmaster upon himself as a baptism under fire
when the first generation website was hacked and closed down by our ISP as
was required. Within a week he built a new temporary web presence that
served the membership for almost two years. He has served alone, building
two generations of web presence for the membership working countless hours
week by week with no pay, recognition, nor gratitude. When he attends the
Johnny's events he's asked to contribute the $5 and does so. He is quiet
about his contributions, not proud or boastful. He's been a difference maker
for a long time. He continues to support The August Group each week on
weekends posting and distributing this newsletter. There is no successor. We
hope he continues to do so.
We hope that Dan Kinney residing in Raleigh, NC and spends each weekend
preparing the HTML code for the newsletter continues too. Without successors
and volunteers like Ken, Dan and others, August Groups benefits disappear.
You get out of this what you put into it. We tip our hats and offer thanks
to Ken for his untold hours of support. Let Ken know that you appreciate his
work sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to
thank Dan Kinney in North Carolina, write me and I will share his contact
information. Find someone who is supporting your search in contributing to
The August Group and thank them. The calendar, Power Networking Groups,
general session leaders - days AND evenings, Job Fair, newsletter, job boars
and other roles and thank them. Better yet ask them how you can help. If
not, the benefits may disappear. You'll have no right to complain. As they
say, If you're not a part of the solution, you're a part of the problem.
Thanks, Ken one more time for all you've done and shared for each and every
August Group member.
Greg Taylor, Founder, The August Group