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The Sophisticated Networker

By Dee Allan Did you know that many animal groups have acquaintances and, like humans, some species can actually form true friendships. Intelligent animal species such as monkeys, horses and elephants have shown they can live within complex structures and form bonded social groups and stable ‘relationships’ across species. They seek out connections.Having each other’s back is key to survival in today’s modern world, as it is in the animal kingdom too. Wolves pack together; bees swarm; birds flock. This ‘togetherness’ maintains a stable ecosystem. We can learn a lot from the animal kingdom, which teach us that working together, setting aside differences and connecting with a commonpurpose is an incredible skill to master.Animals and NetworkingSo what has this got to do with networking where humans are concerned? Well, in short, wildlife populations teach us that the entire ecosystem thrives …


Career | Business Start-up: Marketing & Social Media

  By Richard Hartung 10 January, 2014   After registering your business and deciding where to work, it’s time to let potential clients know you’re in business. While traditional marketing may have been the key in the past, networking and e-marketing can be far more cost-effective.   Networking over Coffee Even before starting on the electronic side, one of the most powerful tools is simply informal in-person networking with key contacts and potential clients. Informal discussions over coffee or lunch with contacts from your previous company or your social network can be a great way to begin and if you’re entering a new industry you can talk with contacts in that field. One tactic is always to get two more names to contact whenever you meet someone, so that you can keep extending your network.   Creating a Website Along with the personal contacts, online and social …


Career | Getting Serious with LinkedIn

  By Linda Le 23 February, 2014   Most of you by now will be carrying out your New Year resolutions with big plans to make it the best year ever – how can a bit of planning on LinkedIn help you achieve this? With a professional membership of over 259 million people globally, LinkedIn is a powerful business networking and relationship management tool among job seekers and business professionals. If used e ectively, LinkedIn can help generate real business leads or career results for the user.    Here are nine top tips to using LinkedIn for business networking or career prospecting to keep your pipeline alive, putting you in great stead for a successful in 2014.   LinkedIn works best if you consider it to be like traditional business networking but done online. If you are invited to a networking function or event during this time, say ‘Yes’ – you’ll never know who you’ll meet! If you’ve met …