Networking

Build your social network and supercharge your career
We believe that “networking” will only get you so far — that true connection is actually based on building great relationships. In this section, we share our fun, practical approach to meeting new people, creating authentic connections, sharing value, and capitalizing on your social network.

8 Easy Ways to Have Better Conversations


Having a Conversation

Does the idea of boring small-talk with Uncle Bob or chatting with an attractive person make you tense? If you’re like many people, conversation anticipation will put a few beads of sweat on your forehead. But here’s the good news: While conversation skills are just that–skills to be practiced–some can be implemented swiftly. As a social skills coach we know … Read More


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The Art of Feedback (And Why It Really Matters)


The Art of Feedback (And Why It Really Matters)

Confession: I’m not exactly a natural when it comes to feedback. Offering meaningful criticism was a skill I learned later in life, and to this day, I have to work consciously to give and interpret feedback the right way. For a long time, I felt like this was a gap in my ability — a sensitivity to criticism I just … Read More


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5 Easy Ways to Stop Hating Business Networking Events


5 Easy Ways to Stop Hating Business Networking Events

Business networking events can be nerve-wracking affairs if you don’t enter with a strategy in mind. Luckily, we present these five easy ways to stop hating business networking events so you’ll always be ready to face them with dignity and, of course, charm. First of all, we don’t really recommend business networking events, because there are so many more effective ways … Read More


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Intentions: How to Figure out What People Really Want


Intentions: How to Figure out What People Really Want

If we can become more interested in one another’s real intentions, we can become better colleagues, better partners, better parents, better bosses, and better friends. That’s what this article is about: How to figure out what people really want — from you, from themselves, and from one another. [Photo by Parker Knight] “Words are deeds.” -Ludwig Wittgenstein The writer David … Read More


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How to Create a Great Elevator Pitch


Here are 13 reasons why you shouldn't compare yourself against the success of others. With your unique perspective, can you think of more? Share with us!

An “elevator pitch” is so called because you’re supposed to be able to summarize your pitch so quickly that you can effectively get it across in an elevator ride. The idea here is if you’re ever lucky enough to trap Richard Branson in an elevator for three minutes, you can pitch him on your killer idea and get him to … Read More


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