What do great workplaces, making friends, networking, dealing with kidnappers and being happy all have in common?
Adam Rifkin stashed this in Networking
All are one well by focusing on other people: Get out of your head and into theirs.
- Become genuinely interested in other people.
- Remember that a person’s name is, to that person, the sweetest and most important sound in any language.
- Be a good listener. Encourage others to talk about themselves.
- Talk in terms of the other person’s interest.
- Make the other person feel important – and do it sincerely.
This is me quoting Eric Barker quoting me...
I asked my buddy Adam, Fortune Magazine’s most connected guy in Silicon Valley, what his single best tip was for being better at networking. What did he say?
Every day, do something selfless for someone else that takes under five minutes. The essence of this thing you do should be that it makes a big difference to the person receiving the gift. Usually these favors take the form of an introduction, reference, feedback, or broadcast on social media.