Creative Networking

Published Thursday, March 08, 2012 3:32 AM

We all know we're supposed to nurture our network. And while there's nothing wrong with the old school advice to cultivate and nourish your network with lunches and e-mails, handing over business cards at industry events and scheduling drinks with colleagues can have a whiff of the ho hum. Reinvigorate your networking with these outside-the-box ideas.

Play Ball

Tired of handing out business cards at industry events, one creative networker instead passed around a brand new volleyball and sharpie. You can bet he had some interesting conversations. In Start Focusing on New, Creative Networking Ideas  the volleyball idea vies with other inspired networking schemes such as interviewing colleagues for a blog post or creating a contest for a gift card drawing and soliciting cards from fellow event attendees. Bottom line: getting creative can get you noticed.

Timing is Everything

Make time for networking with creative time-management suggests Patti DeNucci, author of The Intentional Networker. We like her walk-and-talk idea,  where networking conversations are combined with hiking, running or walking. DeNucci also recommends taking a "how about now?" approach at industry conferences and seizing the moment for an immediate 15-minute-coffee-and-chat sidebar rather than swapping cards and agreeing to get together down the road. Bottom line: there's no time like the present for networking.

Hello, Old Friend

People often overlook an important existing network as they cultivate new industry-specific networks. Look to your college and graduate school networks as valuable resources. Best of all, universities and colleges are set up to help with networking, contact your alumni office to get started. For more ideas, read Don't Wait for a Reunion to Network with Former Classmates.  Bottom line: turn old memories into new contacts.

Just Go For It

Blogger and writer Scott Ginsburg of the blog site  offers seven fantastic tips  for networking that will have you saying "why didn't I think of that?" Ginsburg channels his inner moxie, bringing a "go for it" approach to networking. He approaches big shots when possible and cold calls for speaking engagements. He also practices the personal touch, responding to e-mails by picking up the phone within minutes. This speedy, personal response in an age of impersonal communication gets noticed. Bottom line: people err on the side of caution too often; go for it to get results.

What is the most unorthodox, yet effective networking tool you've ever tried? Share your thoughts here and on the Pendaflex Facebook page.


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