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The Altruistic Approach to Networkng
By Lauren Kahn
Serious business professionals often tackle their work and networking goals in an organized, strategic fashion. That’s of course how many of us have been successful in our careers—by planning ahead, making to do lists, and leveraging promising business tactics. A recent Inc.com article, written by Margaret Heffernan, explores a novel approach to networking and winning sales that is completely nonstrategic. This approach is an altruistic, completely selfless way of working and communicating with others. An excerpt from Heffernan’s article captures the outlook of someone who espouses this philosophy perfectly:
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Managing Relevant News and Information
By Lauren Kahn
Staying on top of relevant news that matters to you is important across industries and occupations. And when it comes to networking, managing sources of information related to your business priorities in addition to those of your contacts, customers, and potential clients is even more important. New and relevant information you come across is often great fodder for sparking up a conversation.
Here are the three best ways to access relevant news and information that will help you succeed and be a stronger networking.
1. Identify the thought leaders in your field. Across every industry, there are prolific writers, thinkers, and presenters who publish commentary about trends, business dynamics and other relevant topics on a regular basis. Find out who these people are; select a couple of them whom you respect, and stay up to date with their publications. Their opinions, hypotheses, and recommendations will equip you with valuable insight to share with others—thus increasing your social capital and value to your contacts—and help you discover meaningful ways to interact with your network on a regular basis.
Business Networking Tip:
After attending a networking event I observed several people utilizing effective strategies and techniques to rekindle relationships that were in need. I overheard discussions that included upcoming vacation plans, a child's graduation, and a mother's 85th birthday celebration. As I moved throughout the crowd I found that conversations, while they often started with the obligatory: "What do you do" or "What kind of business are you in?" The seasoned "networkers" shared a bit of their personal or family life to "seal the deal" in a sort of way.
Sid is the Founder & CEO of sidthesecuritypro.com, a residential and commercial security company that offers custom security solutions. He offers a one-stop shop for everything from locks, cameras, monitored security systems, and guard services. Sid has been in business on his own for three years, and he has a long, tenured 40-year track record in the security industry. As a former Wells Fargo Bank, N.A Regional Audit Manager, Sid was trained by bank security specialists. His expertise runs deep, and he is extremely passionate about the services he provides.
Not only is Sid in the business of providing security solutions, but he also is a community resource beyond the security industry, offering important advice and best practices in his non-sales blog and community bulletin board (https://www.facebook.com/secprosid). If you’re looking to update your home or business with the best security options, you should turn to Sid.
Not too long ago, a commercial client approached Sid to purchase a new security system. Sid’s team evaluated the client’s existing system and was able to reprogram it and offer advanced protection through the largest independent monitoring center in the country. In this way, Sid helped the client receive cutting-edge protection and monitoring services as well as cost savings since the client did not have to purchase a new system.
Outside of work, Sid is an avid networker. He is a volunteer at a local nursing home. He was the first official male member of the Montgomery County Maryland Chapter of eWomen’s Network, and he is an ambassador for the Silver Spring Chamber of Commerce. He’s on the welcome committee for the Potomac Chamber of Commerce as well. Sid consults for Network Referral Group (NRG) and a Costco national vendor. Passionate about fundraising and giving back to his community, Sid leads professional fundraising efforts and has sponsored a local pee-wee baseball team. As a relatively new BizConnect member, he looks forward to meeting many of you at upcoming events and on social media!
One does not have to be Sid’s client to be his network partner.