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Good networking isn't about you. It's about the other person... For years, one of the things I have loved to do is connecting people, being a catalyst for relationships, partnerships, business ventures, etc.
Curt points out that one of the biggest assets is "a network of people who like and respect you." I know a lot of people here that are part of that asset and certainly deserve that asset, but don't know how to get part of that asset. It is like the Tibetan analogy of a poor peasant using a rock to sit on to worry about how to get money, when if he scrubbed the soil off the rock it is really a big lump of gold.
That network doesn't just come from being born with a sparkling personality (but it helps). It takes the intention in the above quote. Certainly Cleveland could use a crash course on networking to eliminate what Curt calls the incorrect impression of a "sleazy, what-can-you-do-for-me activity." I do know a number of people that can teach that course. You know who you are, GN, JR, VK, AK, & HH.
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