Networking is not just for glad-handers and the gregarious. Anyone can network. Even shy, introverted people can master the art of introductions and expanding your circle of business contacts, colleagues and clients.
Think networking isn't in your DNA? Entrepreneur magazine debunks the notion that shy people aren't good at networking. Networking is a two-way street says the magazine in the article Networking as an Introvert, and introverts are often good listeners, more readily able to understand others needs. This tit for tat dynamic is the architecture of good networking.
Not sure how to get started? Take small steps at first, no need to make cold calls or attend events where you know no one; begin reaching out to neighbors or friends, or join organizations that reflect your passions. Remember to be yourself, networking doesn't mean being a stand up comic or the most extroverted person in the room.
A self-proclaimed introvert offers the following useful tips from the web site Work Buzz.
Introverts think to talk.
Introverts drill deep.
Introverts energize alone.
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by Candie Harris
Halloween is the starting gun; the holiday race is on. Fall disappears at a breakneck pace, its time to start thinking about the winter gift-giving season. With the Recession making funds tighter, navigating office gift giving is trickier than ever. Finding appropriate gifts for office Secret Santas or your boss is never easy. Doing so on a budget is tougher still.
No matter the size of your budget, keep in mind a few key considerations when shopping to ensure your gift is appropriate and well received. Gifting at Work: What's Right? What's Wrong? outlines 10 useful Do's and Don'ts. They include:
Cash-strapped workers will want to get creative in gift giving. Harvard Business Review blogger Rosabeth Moss Kanter has wonderful suggestions in 12 Gifts for Cash-Short, Recession-Weary Workplaces.
My favorite ideas? Bosses taking a morning to serve subordinates breakfast or the priceless gift of time off. Send everyone home early one day to finish their own holiday shopping. You can't put a dollar amount on time off during the frenzied holiday season.
Finally, consider the sentiment of the season and make a donation to a charity close to the recipient's heart.
The website JustGive.org makes donating to a range of charities simple.
Does your office have holiday gift-giving guidelines? Do you have creative, low-cost gift ideas? Share your thoughts here or at the Beyond Folders Facebook page.
by Carly Fadako
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