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Are you a networker! A member of a networking group? Here are some tips on how to get the most from the relationship!

Here they are:

1. Make certain that you have made your initial request loud, clear and unambiguous. This is not the time to be coy; make sure that your request for contacts leaves nothing to the imagination.

2. Be sure that you haven't asked for introductions or connections to folks with whom your networking contact has absolutely no involvement. Be confident that the person that you are asking does, in fact, have the desired relationships.

3. Give the person a wee bit of time. While we live in an era of "Internet time" not everyone moves at the speed of light and your request might languish for a few days or weeks until such time as it rises to the top of the " to do" list.

4. If you have done the above and are still not receiving the introductions that you feel "should" be coming your way, you can do the following:

A. Make your request again and ask the contact for the reason/s that the intros are not forthcoming. Do this gently as it might be uncomfortable and even if you believe this person has not risen to the networking "occasion" they are still in your networking circle of contacts and you want to maintain a positive relationship.

B. Move on and forget about it, realizing that not everyone is as receptive to the idea of making introductions for others.

C. Think about if there are any unspoken or underlying reasons why the introductions are not being made. Does this person have a better relationship with someone else that does exactly what you do?

Have they ever been "burned" by an introduction and therefore are very loathe to feel that vulnerable again? Do they not respect the quality of your work? Be honest with yourself! Most of all, don't let the non-responsive folks "get you down" and cause you to lose your enthusiasm and interest in helping others with introductions and referrals. While it might not always come back to you (even when you ask!), it's still the right thing to do.



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