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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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 making threats. An example of a threat is, “I really need a response from you, so I’m going to keep calling/emailing you every day until you…

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 trigger a pattern match. Don’t send a busy person any communication that fits the pattern of what they’ve seen hundreds of times before, or your message…