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Networking Roundup

Networking Roundup

Most of us know that networking is a key to success, and certainly qualifies as a life hack. Still, the devil is in the details. I have done some reading recently, and here are a couple of books that get into the technicalities of networking.

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Never eat alone

    Never Eat Alone, by Keith Ferrazzi. This one’s a runaway bestseller, and we’ll be hearing about it for awhile. Since it’s more recent, it’s informed by lots of its predecessors. Here’s a summary of the why and how:

    Know where you want to go;
    Identify the people who can help you get there;
    Get with those people and help them succeed;
    Let them reciprocate by helping you do the same;
    Stay in regular contact with those people;
    Enjoy mutual success and a great relationship.

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    The book is enjoyable to read and he does give you some of his techniques for success in the networking arena.

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    One Phone Call Away

      One Phone Call Away, by Jeffrey Meshel. The author here has a great service-oriented approach to networking. If you find yourself thinking that networking is essentially using people, or that there’s something slimy about it, read this book for a fresher and more human take on the subject.

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      Power Schmoozing

        Power Schmoozing, by Terri Mandell. This book is a very intense how-to. It is very detailed and points you to processes you can use to come up with a networking plan. The tips are specific, good, and should work. Power Schmoozing doesn’t advocate a toe-in-the water approach. A reviewer on Amazon agrees with me: “The techniques are brash and a bit scary. But you know what? I tried it, and it really works!” This would be good to read and try after you’ve practiced some more docile forms of networking.

        As I’ve tried to increase my personal networks and accomplish goals, that information management becomes a problem. JibberJobber is a new site I’ve found that helps with this. It’s a web 2.0 software as a service that helps you keep track of your contacts and visualize them—both geographically and as a social network. The site was originally designed to help folks organize their job searches—but its applications are pretty broad, and if you’re like me, ways of visualizing who people are and how I met them are always welcome.

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        Last Updated on September 17, 2019

        10 Simple Ways To Always Think Positive Thoughts

        10 Simple Ways To Always Think Positive Thoughts

        Positive thinking can lead to a lot of positive change in your life. Developing an optimistic outlook can be good for both your physical and mental health.

        But sometimes, certain situations arise in life that makes it hard to keep a positive outlook. Take steps to make positive thinking become more like your second nature and you’ll reap the biggest benefits.

        Here are 10 ways to make thinking positive thoughts easy:

        1. Spend Time with Positive People

        If you surround yourself with constant complainers, their negativity is likely to rub off on you.

        Spend time with positive friends and family members to increase the likelihood that their positive thinking habits will become yours too. It’s hard to be negative when everyone around you is so positive.

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        2. Take Responsibility for Your Behavior

        When you encounter problems and difficulties in life, don’t play the role of the victim. Acknowledge your role in the situation and take responsibility for your behavior.

        Accepting responsibility can help you learn from mistakes and prevent you from blaming others unfairly.

        3. Contribute to the Community

        One of the best ways to feel good about what you have, is to focus on what you have to give.

        Volunteer in some manner and give back to the community. Helping others can give you a new outlook on the world and can assist you with positive thinking.

        4. Read Positive and Inspirational Materials

        Spend time each day reading something that encourages positive thinking. Read the Bible, spiritual material, or inspirational quotes to help you focus on what’s important to you in life. It can be a great way to start and end your day.

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        5. Recognize and Replace Negative Thoughts

        You won’t be successful at positive thinking if you’re still plagued by frequent negative thoughts. Learn to recognize and replace thoughts that are overly negative. Often, thoughts that include words like “always” and “never” signal that they aren’t true.

        If you find yourself thinking something such as, “I always mess everything up,” replace it with something more realistic such as, “Sometimes I make mistakes but I learn from them.”

        There’s no need to make your thoughts unrealistically positive, but instead, make them more realistic.

        6. Establish and Work Toward Goals

        It’s easier to be positive about problems and setbacks when you have goals that you’re working toward. Goals will give you motivation to overcome those obstacles when you encounter problems along the way. Without clear goals, it’s harder to make decisions and gauge your progress.

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        Learn to set SMART goals to help you achieve more.

        7. Consider the Consequences of Negativity

        Spend some time thinking about the consequences of negative thinking. Often, it can become a self-fulfilling prophecy.

        For example, a person who thinks, “I probably won’t get this job interview,” may put less effort into the interview. As a result, he may decrease his chances of getting the job.

        Create a list of all the ways negative thinking impacts your life. It likely influences your behavior, your relationships, and your feelings. Then, create a list of the ways in which positive thinking could be beneficial.

        8. Offer Compliments to Others

        Look for reasons to compliment others. Be genuine in your praise and compliments, but offer it frequently. This will help you look for the good in other people.

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        9. Create a Daily Gratitude List

        If you start keeping a daily gratitude list, you’ll start noticing exactly how much you have to be thankful for. This can help you focus on the positive in your life instead of thinking about all the bad things that have happened in the day.

        Getting in the habit of showing an attitude of gratitude makes positive thinking more of a habit. Here’re 40 Simple Ways To Practice Gratitude.

        10. Practice Self-Care

        Take good care of yourself and you’ll be more equipped to think positively.

        Get plenty of rest and exercise and practice managing your stress well. Taking care of your physical and mental health will provide you with more energy to focus on positive thinking.

        Learn about these 30 Self-Care Habits for a Strong and Healthy Mind, Body and Spirit.

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