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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!

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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.

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1 Comment »

  1. Maybe
    1. We need to spread ‘Just Give’ as well……
    2. Could there be a funny story or two about the names of businesses! (Especially if the winners have an interesting name or two.) I seem to vaguely remember someone talking about that rather humorously in the past….IT in the name is always interesting – not always Information Technology related!
    I’m personally always reminded to be ‘focussing on me’ whenever I mention ‘focussing on you’ – to those who know me well at least! A pretty good self-reminder so there’s no way I’m changing it, though admittedly use my product/service names first more often these days! But how is it some people choose nifty names, some opt out of the game by using their own name, and others have a strange sense of humour/reality/humanthought – bet the Impact code could explain that too!

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