Power Networking Blog

Rae Stonehouse

Rae Stonehouse

I would suggest starting by changing your thinking on the word ‘friend.’ Friends are with Facebook.

Far better to think of your Linkedin connections as ‘colleagues’ or even possibilities.

Thursday, 24 January 2019 20:40

Is networking with people easy?

Is networking with people easy?

Yes, no, maybe, sometimes, always. This question doesn’t elicit a one-size-fits all answer.

Those who are extroverted and outgoing thrive on social activities like networking. However, not every extrovert is outgoing.

Is it a good idea to network with random people you share interests with on LinkedIn?

I would say that it is neither good nor bad.

There can be value in linking to people who share common interests. It can be a good way to build your network and extend your reach. Opportunity often arises from people who share common interests.

Thursday, 30 May 2019 15:26

Networking with Different Careers

How do you describe yourself to others a networking events when you have several different active careers?

I have faced this challenge many times myself. As a registered nurse working in mental health as my main career, I've usually had several side-hustles on the go at the same time.

When I attend business networking event, I'm usually there to promote one of my businesses or organizations that I'm involved with rather than my nursing position.

In some of the books I have written I use a system I call ‘how high does your elevator go?’ The concept is that buildings have elevators that go to different heights. Some may go to 2 floors some may go to 20 floors. Some buildings may even have multiple elevators.

How "professional" should I be when networking with other professionals?

The term ‘professional’ is nebulous at best. What may be considered professional in one profession may not in another.

First tip, don’t collect business cards.

A collection of business cards takes up room and doesn’t serve a purpose. Think quality over quantity.

You ask a short simple question that requires a complex answer to do it justice.

It’s far too easy for people that don’t experience being shy and quiet to say ‘just stop doing it.’

Life doesn’t work that way.

How can I network if I'm shy?Well, the good news, if there is any, is that you are not alone. I don’t know where in the world you are located but the Shyness Institute, located in the USA, reports that more than 50% of North Americans describe themselves as being shy in social situations.

You would think that with all this social media and on-line connectedness, we would be becoming more social and less shy, but the opposite is true. This collective increase in our shyness has been attributed to several causes.

Friday, 16 December 2016 07:54

What kind of shy am I?

Shyness doesn’t come in ‘kinds.’ It can however, be placed on a continuum. On one end of the continuum you would have a person who is painfully shy in all situations. At the other end of the continuum you would have someone who is moderately shy in social situations. They don’t like socializing but they do it anyways. They don’t let it control their lives.

Shyness is merely a lack of social skills, which in turn creates tension i.e. stress in the individual.

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