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10 Top Things to Do When Networking in 2012

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What are you going to do differently this year when it comes to networking (besides attending our January 24 Panel Event)?  Check out networking experts from Work the Pond! and their 10 Top Things to Do When Networking in 2012.  www.workthpond.com

From the authors of Work the Pond! (Prentice Hall) Darcy Rezac, Judy Thomson and Gayle Hallgren-Rezac

1.        ACCEPT THAT THERE’S NOTHING WRONG WITH YOU. Recognize that if all the online connecting and the ability to work in your pajamas from home, is making you feel isolated, you are not alone. Sherry Turkle, author of Alone Together, says “We may be free to work from anywhere, but we are also prone to being lonely everywhere. In a surprising twist, relentless connection leads to a new solitude.” Make an effort to be where the action is—see Tip 8 and Steve Job’s advice.

2.        RAGE GENTLY AGAINST THE MACHINES. Things happen faster if you talk to someone in person or pick up the phone. The good news is that people actually answer their phones—it’s a novelty, a ringing phone. Curb the desire to email close-proximity colleagues, instead walk over to their office. Make more of your conversations face-to-face in 2012.

3.        EMBRACE THE OCTOPUS. Social media is a many-tentacled creature that squeezes time out of your 24 hours. Accept that it may not be practical to be a brilliant tweeter, blogger, You Tuber, LinkedIn or Facebook updater, so instead of hopping on all social media bandwagons, do one or two things well. Before you upload, send, or comment, ask yourself, ‘what did that add to my reputation, my brand or to anyone else’s world?’

For the other 7 tips go to www.workthepond.com

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