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A Fixed Income Is a Sucker Bet

Thursday, September 10th, 2009

Do you live on a fixed income, earning the same amount of money paycheck after paycheck? Maybe you pick up a cost of living adjustment or a raise now and then (or suffer a pay cut or reduction in hours), but barring any major changes like getting promoted, fired, or laid off, is your income […]

How to Network With Busy People – Part 12

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

This is a continuation of the “How to Network With Busy People” series. The first post in the series can be found here. Continuing on with our tips… Communicate like a human being, not a marketer. If your email looks even remotely like spam, expect that busy people will treat it as such. If an […]

How to Network With Busy People – Part 11

Monday, August 10th, 2009

This is a continuation of the “How to Network With Busy People” series. The first post in the series can be found here. Continuing on with our tips… Don’t apologize for reaching out. Never begin your first contact with an apology. Every week people send me emails that begin with phrases like, "Sorry to bother […]

How to Network With Busy People – Part 10

Friday, August 7th, 2009

This is a continuation of the “How to Network With Busy People” series. The first post in the series can be found here. Continuing on with our tips… Meet in person. It’s hard to create much of a connection with someone via email. Email just isn’t expressive enough. Email is communication stripped of its emotional […]

How to Network With Busy People – Part 9

Thursday, August 6th, 2009

This is a continuation of the “How to Network With Busy People” series. The first post in the series can be found here. Continuing on with our tips… Offer genuine friendship, not neediness. This idea is more about attitude than actions. Busy people are so accustomed to being approached by people who want to vamp […]

How to Network With Busy People – Part 8

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

This is a continuation of the “How to Network With Busy People” series. The first post in the series can be found here. Continuing on with our tips… Don’t misinterpret short replies. Busy people often send very curt replies to emails they receive. Don’t misinterpret one-line replies like "Fine, let’s do it," "No thanks," "Not […]

How to Network With Busy People – Part 7

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

This is a continuation of the “How to Network With Busy People” series. The first post in the series can be found here. Continuing on with our tips… Forgive the blow-off. Busy people are constantly being approached by those who are coming from a place of neediness. This is why busy people often seem a […]

How to Network With Busy People – Part 6

Monday, August 3rd, 2009

This is a continuation of the “How to Network With Busy People” series. The first post in the series can be found here. Continuing on with our tips… Be discerning. Don’t try to network with someone just because they seem like a high-value target. When I started my computer games business in 1994, my networking […]

How to Network With Busy People – Part 5

Sunday, August 2nd, 2009

This is a continuation of the “How to Network With Busy People” series. The first post in the series can be found here. Continuing on with our tips… Use a backdoor. Busy people often have backdoor channels where they automatically pay more attention to incoming communication. In order to use these channels effectively, it helps […]

How to Network With Busy People – Part 4

Saturday, August 1st, 2009

This is a continuation of the “How to Network With Busy People” series. The first post in the series can be found here. Continuing on with our tips… Avoid cold-calling. Avoid cold-calling if possible. Busy people get cold calls (and a lot more cold emails) every day. This is yet another pattern that gets filtered. […]