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5 Steps To Enhancing Valuable Job Connections In 2014 by Nobody: 4:59pm On Dec 26, 2013
I came across this piece and I know sharing it will help someonesmiley

The year's coming to an end, and if you're like many professionals, this is the time to take stock of the good and the bad. It's also important to gauge how far you've come along in making connections. Valuable connections are very important to growth in your industry and career.

Networking is one of the most common ways to get to know people and interact with them. So how do you connect with the people who are critical to the growth and success of your business?

BE SMART AND KNOW YOURSELF

First and foremost, knowing yourself is key. Not knowing what success looks like will cause delays, confusion and frustration. Be very clear in pinpointing what matters most to you and how that manifests in your daily actions.

Making connections takes a well-thought-out plan, one that requires you to be SMART. In this case, you need to be:

SPECIFIC. You need a specific idea as to whom you want to connect with in 2014. Not everyone you meet will be beneficial. Seek out and actively connect with people who will help you grow personally and professionally.

MEASURABLE. Word-of-mouth marketing is abstract, and thus putting conventional metrics to it is quite difficult. However, for the people you want to develop relationships with you must know how often you keep in touch, share information and connect. This is how you measure your efforts toward cultivating profitable connections.

ACTIONABLE. Once you've determined the kind of connections you want, set actionable goals to reach them. These are the steps that will take you to the next level in developing stronger connections, plus what you will use to monitor progress.

REALISTIC. Set realistic and achievable connection goals that reflect your potential and strengths. It's unrealistic to expect a 100 percent growth in referral and positive recommendations when you haven't put mechanisms in place for existing contacts to spread positive word of mouth about you. Focus on goals that take you to the next milestone level.

TIMELY. Every goal must have a time limit. You have no tangible plan in motion if it doesn't have a timeline to work with. Focus on a specific date, instead of using terms like "sometime soon" or "eventually."

Even with the goals, one thing has to be pretty clear: understand your strengths as a professional. Take the time to consider what you stand for, and what aspects about you communicate value, trust, reliability, character and credibility. Start acting on your goals once you have that clear picture in mind.

Even before you go out to the networking events to make new connections, you already have a solid platform to start your connections: your contacts database. This is the time to take it out and closely consider segmenting your list for 2014.

First, cull your database for any outdated information. Some contacts will have changed their information, while others will have moved to new locations. Even if you don't own your own business, you can get some help in tasks like this. A virtual assistant can help to make sure you have the latest information on your contacts.

Next, rank your contacts in the following order: Those whom you barely know; those who know you by name and profession; those with whom you share something in common (you work at the same place, volunteer at the same places, go to the same church); contacts who you know, like and trust and who will sing your praises no matter what. Focus on those with whom you share a common frame of reference and those who already know, like and trust you. These are your profitable connections, and they make up the group of people to get to know better and focus on in 2014.

Further, segment this group of people according to the roles they'll play in your career, namely:

ADVOCATES. This group includes past supervisors, past and present clients, instructors that tutored you in an area specific to your industry/niche, active members of your community (again, relevant to your industry) and those who have always supported you. Advocates will talk positively about you, and have a good insight into what you do.

INFORMATION PROVIDER. This group keeps up to date with current updates in your industry. They include speakers and trainers you've come across, heads of industry associations or regulatory bodies, authors, publishers/editors, auditors and mentors (people who've been in your position sometime in the past). Information providers will keep you on your toes with the latest happenings, and also give you valuable insights on how to navigate some of the minefields you'll come across.

CONNECTOR. This group of people has great access to other people you may need to know. They include past and present clients, vendors/suppliers (people who view your success as essential to their success), friendly competitors (you sometimes collaborate or complement each other's services), an industry association head and someone you work with (client or not). It's a professional asset to have a great relationship with connectors who understand what you do completely, and who are ready to communicate that to their own networks.

TAKE THE LEAD

Once you've cleaned your database, segmented your contacts and identified advocates, information providers and connectors, your next step is to create a plan on how you will learn more about them and stay in helpful communication with them. It's not going to happen overnight, but with a smart plan and focus, the people you'll know in 2014 will create momentum for your professional growth.


This post originally appeared at U.S. News & World Report.

Source : http://www.businessinsider.com/networking-career-success-2013-12

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Re: 5 Steps To Enhancing Valuable Job Connections In 2014 by OmniSparrow: 6:18pm On Dec 26, 2013
Nonsense. dis is naija

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Re: 5 Steps To Enhancing Valuable Job Connections In 2014 by Nobody: 6:25pm On Dec 26, 2013
Omni_Sparrow: Nonsense. dis is naija

So?
Re: 5 Steps To Enhancing Valuable Job Connections In 2014 by Acedude: 11:08pm On Dec 26, 2013
Nice one Op..good points to work with as we enter 2014. The power of networking can never be overemphasised.

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Re: 5 Steps To Enhancing Valuable Job Connections In 2014 by ruffhandu: 12:45pm On Dec 28, 2013
Omni_Sparrow: Nonsense. dis is naija

Who says it doesn't work in naija?
This piece is a plus to me, positioning myself these days and I know it'll pay off soon.

Thanks OP

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Re: 5 Steps To Enhancing Valuable Job Connections In 2014 by dljbd1(m): 11:17pm On Dec 28, 2013
ruffhandu:

Who says it doesn't work in naija?
This piece is a plus to me, positioning myself these days and I know it'll pay off soon.

Thanks OP
dont mind the guy. He is a learner.
@OP...I dont normally read long writeups but this got my attention. Nice piece...I'm preparing my goals in accordance. Thanks for the insight

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Re: 5 Steps To Enhancing Valuable Job Connections In 2014 by Aliyubest(m): 1:07pm On Dec 29, 2013
Nice one OP, i av been working of this issue of connection for a very long time. When i was posted to lagos state (nysc febuary batch) i bearly know anybody aside family members but today, i can boast of substancial number of pple relevant in my field. I just pray it all works out for me in 2014. Amen

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Re: 5 Steps To Enhancing Valuable Job Connections In 2014 by Nobody: 1:40pm On Dec 29, 2013
Aliyubest: Nice one OP, i av been working of this issue of connection for a very long time. When i was posted to lagos state (nysc febuary batch) i bearly know anybody aside family members but today, i can boast of substancial number of pple relevant in my field. I just pray it all works out for me in 2014. Amen

Amen!
Re: 5 Steps To Enhancing Valuable Job Connections In 2014 by alotofgrace(m): 2:51pm On Dec 30, 2013
in one clause.....get prepared
thas all
Re: 5 Steps To Enhancing Valuable Job Connections In 2014 by Greaaat: 2:51pm On Dec 30, 2013
Pinshure or eno happen
Re: 5 Steps To Enhancing Valuable Job Connections In 2014 by Nobody: 2:52pm On Dec 30, 2013
CLICK LIKE, if dis thread enlightened you

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Re: 5 Steps To Enhancing Valuable Job Connections In 2014 by DICKtator: 2:57pm On Dec 30, 2013
Read this in punch newspaper


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Re: 5 Steps To Enhancing Valuable Job Connections In 2014 by Andyblaze: 3:00pm On Dec 30, 2013
Op, why u come run away na. U get frontpage Phobia? angry angry
Re: 5 Steps To Enhancing Valuable Job Connections In 2014 by Project400: 3:01pm On Dec 30, 2013
Nice and educative write up

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Re: 5 Steps To Enhancing Valuable Job Connections In 2014 by thinkdip(m): 3:03pm On Dec 30, 2013
Call no man an unfortunate until the END is known

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Re: 5 Steps To Enhancing Valuable Job Connections In 2014 by Nobody: 3:03pm On Dec 30, 2013
Good one
Re: 5 Steps To Enhancing Valuable Job Connections In 2014 by bebechuks: 3:05pm On Dec 30, 2013
Ok we hear. But now is who knows who ooooo.
Re: 5 Steps To Enhancing Valuable Job Connections In 2014 by LMAyedun(m): 3:07pm On Dec 30, 2013
Omni_Sparrow: Nonsense. dis is naija

Olodo!!!
Re: 5 Steps To Enhancing Valuable Job Connections In 2014 by Nobody: 3:07pm On Dec 30, 2013
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Re: 5 Steps To Enhancing Valuable Job Connections In 2014 by Pelummy(f): 3:08pm On Dec 30, 2013
Greaaat: Pinshure or eno happen
this one na tips not picture related thread tongue tongue tongue tongue tongue
Re: 5 Steps To Enhancing Valuable Job Connections In 2014 by koeman(m): 3:14pm On Dec 30, 2013
Ejike.chinedu:
CLICK LIKE, if dis thread enlightened you

This thread is beneficial to me but I'm not clicking any "Like". You aren't conducting any survey, are you?

& for those who are eager to make derogatory remarks each time an OP posts something meaningful, it's high time you stopped this STEWPID(sic) act.
Thumbs up, OP
Re: 5 Steps To Enhancing Valuable Job Connections In 2014 by checkdate(m): 3:26pm On Dec 30, 2013
Thanks
Re: 5 Steps To Enhancing Valuable Job Connections In 2014 by fleps(m): 3:32pm On Dec 30, 2013
I thought he said 5 steps?
Re: 5 Steps To Enhancing Valuable Job Connections In 2014 by Yomexylona(m): 3:46pm On Dec 30, 2013
Very enlightening!
Re: 5 Steps To Enhancing Valuable Job Connections In 2014 by Nobody: 4:02pm On Dec 30, 2013
Ejike.chinedu:
CLICK LIKE, if dis thread enlightened you
don't yu ever get tired of all these your click like madness?
Re: 5 Steps To Enhancing Valuable Job Connections In 2014 by adebayo201: 4:10pm On Dec 30, 2013
Greaaat: Pinshure or eno happen
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Re: 5 Steps To Enhancing Valuable Job Connections In 2014 by Nellydozzy(m): 4:45pm On Dec 30, 2013
Well Spoken....
Re: 5 Steps To Enhancing Valuable Job Connections In 2014 by Nobody: 5:15pm On Dec 30, 2013
This would be the 1st thread to make it to front page without making it to 2nd page. Nigerian youths are only interested in entertainment news and gossips, how sad! #shaking head the future of Nigeria#
Re: 5 Steps To Enhancing Valuable Job Connections In 2014 by Olugbenger(m): 5:46pm On Dec 30, 2013
Pipsland78: This would be the 1st thread to make it to front page without making it to 2nd page. Nigerian youths are only interested in entertainment news and gossips, how sad! #shaking head the future of Nigeria#
Some threads without comments make it to FP.

Why do you think the 'first to comment' phrase is so popular? undecided
Re: 5 Steps To Enhancing Valuable Job Connections In 2014 by NaLaugh: 8:26pm On Dec 30, 2013
Olugbenger:
Some threads without comments make it to FP.

Why do you think the 'first to comment' phrase is so popular? undecided

Read what he said again.

Right now the thread is on FP, and has close to 7k views, but not enough comments to hit the second page yet.

Meaning: Nigerians are less interested in productive discussions.
Re: 5 Steps To Enhancing Valuable Job Connections In 2014 by Stycon(m): 12:35am On Dec 31, 2013
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Re: 5 Steps To Enhancing Valuable Job Connections In 2014 by Andyblaze: 12:53am On Dec 31, 2013
Stycon:


Wow!! It's quite unfortunate that I gat my account deactivated before making front page sad

Anyway, am glad it still educates.








Raynond>>Stycon

Too bad bro. Its gone! Never coming back. angry angry

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