Just Ask – Strategic networking
Actually – it isn’t that simple, is it? I do think you need to consider whether, what you are asking, is something other people can answer.
I am an active networker both on and off line. I know that how you present your question will give you different responses. When you pose a question face to face you can always qualify it if it is misunderstood. However when you post a question online it can be a different kettle of fish.
This is a tenuous link but it’s worth a listen to this virtually unheard of Beatles track! Ask me why.
I love Facebook for its intimacy and have had fantastic feedback from people close to me. Twitter I haven’t ‘got’ quite yet but I am sure I’ll get there once I clear those from my in tray with the TwitterBug. Best of all I love LinkedIn for its professionalism. Recently I have had some fantastic answers from a couple of questions I have posed.
The second of those two questions has had the biggest response: I asked: “I want some bite size, amusing yet PC business anecdotes as an introduction to a business awards ceremony that I have been asked to MC later this year. Do you have any suggestions?” Now I did have to qualify the question after receiving a whole bunch of anecdotes about computers (PC) when what I actually meant was politically correct (PC) suggestions. That will teach me not to use jargon!
However, I did have a private message back from one of my connections, the author and international speaking guru Nigel Risner. He asked me to phone him on his private number. I did – and in a second he ignited the flame. This guy really ‘Had Me at Hello’. Whilst I am not decrying the other anecdotes – I will be including all in my brainstorm analysis, Nig suggested the perfect ‘Impact Code’. I was delighted. He is a darling!
My other LinkedIn question asked for examples where miscommunication cost your company a fortune. This will be the subject of my next Blog. Watch this space… In the meantime if you have any amusing one-line anecdotes about your business please feel free to comment.