When an introvert thinks about networking, dread is often – but not always – the first emotion that comes to the surface. Yet networking is an important professional activity, whether we own our own business or work for someone else. Since we have to do it anyway, how can we make it easier and more enjoyable? My interview with networking expert Sandy Jones-Kaminski of Bella Domain Media helps us to redefine networking into an activity that’s ultimately satisfying and even energizing. And if following her advice also leads you to more business, so much the better.
Together we talk about
• how a pay-it-forward attitude can be applied to networking
• the process of building social karma
• how to spot every day opportunities to practice our small talk (also known as “get more bang for your buck when you go through the drive-through at the coffee shop”)
• why exchanging resources is more important than exchanging business cards
Sandy Jones-Kaminski has more than 20 years of experience as a communications and business development professional. She is a networking and LinkedIn expert, Inc.com #1 Business Book Wish List author, bylined columnist, keynote speaker and self-described “connector.” Her book is titled, “I’m at a Networking Event: Now What???: A Guide to Getting the Most Out of Any Networking Event.”
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