Aug 282014
Building a network has nothing to do with how many business cards are in your Rolodex

The investment I made into building a network (I shared a bunch of real world examples about building a network yesterday)

You never know where something simple will end up helping you in building a network. Putting others first–and forgetting about yourself–does not only build a big network, it also builds a strong network. When you invest in other people when building a network, they are as loyal to you, as you have been to them. The’ll be happy to share your stories. They will be delighted to promote your projects. Your network will volunteer to help you accomplish your vision. They will want to assist you in reaching your ambition.

Building a network: it doesn’t take much to get started

Why? Because they know that you have done or will do the same for them. In the end it’s not about how Continue reading »

Aug 272014

Yesterday we said we need to forget about ourselves when building a network and I promised you a list of ways I’ve done this …

• bought a guy on twitter breakfast – gained access to their 125,000 twitter followers

• made a new friend in church - was asked to speak at a national blogging conference

• produced a 1 minute video for free - build a relationship with a film gear manufacturer

liked a companies Facebook page - was hired to shoot a 5 figure video job

• invited a friend to a private screening – got to give a TEDx talk

• filmed a documentary pro bono - sold footage to National Geographic and the BBC

Building a network: let others do the heavy lifting

This list goes on and on. and I bet you see that the actions on the left are relatively small, compared to the results on the right. Continue reading »

Aug 262014

“What?” you ask, “I thought building a network was about ME, others hiring ME, referring ME to their friends, helping ME and talking about ME.” Honestly, with that attitude, you’re on your way of building a network that’s gonna to be pretty small and pretty weak. Case in point: Many years ago my boss came to me and asked me why my photo assistants, where willing to bend over backwards for me, but would stick to the letter of the law, when she would make the same request of them. My secret? I had build a strong relationship with my assistants, not in order to manipulate them into doing more, but to give them what I could to help them, teach them, support them. Everyone loves to reciprocate. Take care of the others in your network first. Gary Vaynerchuck teaches about building a network

Building a network: forget about yourself

Gary Vaynerchuck (@garyvee), one of the top social media evangelists, keeps harping on this in his book “Jab, Jab, Jab, right hook.” The free content, the helpful hints, the interactions with your followers … should far outweigh our right hooks, or sales pitches in social media. He also wrote a book called “The Thank You economy”, which was the reason that my twitter feed blew up earlier this year. Building a network: make it about others Want my advice on building a network that is strong, solid, sound and sympathetic? Make it Continue reading »