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7 networking tips from the most successful super connectors, by Ilya Pozin - The Next Web

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Number 5 resonates with me:

5. Be concise

One thing most super connectors have in common is a packed schedule. Adam Rifkin, founder of PandaWhale, says you need to offer busy connectors clear-cut calls to action.

“Super connectors usually lack time,” Rifkin notes. So writing a five page email about how passionately you feel about their business is probably not the best way to network.

Instead, offer clarity on who you are, how you can add value, and what you need. Rifkin says this could be as simple as, “cuing up an email to make it easier to reply with an action or decision.”

Don’t write an email merely to say hello, include a call to action and ask to meet for an informational coffee. The average super connector is constantly being pulled in many directions, so you have to make your time count.

That does sound like something I would say, especially lately.

Adam, great professional statement.

I like this one as well:

7. If you want to show sincere interest, skip social media

“People don’t want to be sold, they don’t want to be transactional. Sincere interest is most beneficial.”

Well said, Mark.

Authenticity is not just a good use of time, it also builds genuine connections.

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