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5 Ways to Expand Your Network

November 1, 2011

Just finished reading a great book entitled: “Never Eat Alone” by Keith Ferrazzi.  It’s a great book that goes into great detail on how to develop great business relationships and establish a network of people around you, that can help you cultivate your career.  Today, I will be sharing some insights from his Be Interesting Chapter.


This Chapter focuses on your ability to Be Interesting, and draw people to you.


1.    Get out in front and analyze the trends and opportunities on the cutting edge.

   Coming to RE/MAX Crossroads training events is a great way to achieve this.  Today, where innovation has become more important than production, not moving forward means going backward.  Now get online and read, read, read.  Subscribe to magazines, buy books and talk to the smartest people you can find.  Knowledge builds on itself.


2.    Ask seemingly stupid questions

   When you ask question like no other, you will get results that are like no other.  Who do you think asks these questions?  The answer: people responsible for the greatest innovations.  “Don’t you think having all your MP3s in a little walkman-like device would be cool?”  Thus, the iPod.


3.    Know yourself and your talents

    The trick is not to work obsessively on the skills and talents you lack, but to focus and cultivate your strengths so that your weaknesses matter less.  Sell your strengths, and buy your weakness if you have too.  If you can’t buy your weakness then apply the 80/20 rule.


4.   Always learn

    You have to learn more to earn more.  That’s why in our office we offer constant training. All content-creators are readers or at least deep questioners or conversationalists.  They are also really focused on self-development.


5.   Stay healthy

    Sounds hokey, but you have to take care of yourself – your body, mind, and spirit – to be at your absolute best.  Think about all your dreams, visions, goals and objectives you have for your life.  Now ask yourself if you can reach them if you have no health?



I hope like me, that you enjoyed these quick tips from a great book that I may refer to again in the future given it’s great content.  I believe that if you follow Keith’s advice you will not only be more productive, you will be happier and healthier as well.



Quote of the month:

“It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.”  Theodore Roosevelt

Tagged with: career networking business relationships business development
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