Answers To 2 Questions That Should Be In Your Networking Arsenal

Networking. It’s essential if you want to advance.

The bigger your network, the more connections you have. The more connections you have, the better the chance of landing a new job, advancing your career, forming a partnership, maybe even finding your spouse.

You have to do it and you have to do it well.

Image by Ludovic Bertron

You get prepared for the networking event by dressing to the nines. Grabbing your best briefcase. And freshening up.

But do you have the most important tool to effectively network? Jane Friedman gives us two essential tools for effective networking.

She recently published a post telling us what 2 questions you should memorize for networking events. The two questions come from Michael Ellsberg. They were great questions and I thought it would be fun to share my current answers on the blog.

Who’s Controlling Your Priorities?

There’s a change that is happening in our culture. It’s not pretty. It’s actually pretty messy.

We’re not standing up for the activities that are priorities.

Photograph by Jim Danvers

We’ve given up control for a few bucks. For comfort.

This has been noticeable in the youth group I work with.

We have students that are on fire and enjoy coming to youth group. They encourage their friends to attend.

Then they get a job. Or join a sports team. Slowly, they stop coming.

Students stop coming because work REQUIRES them to work on Wednesday night. Or they can’t attend a youth event because they CANNOT miss a practice.

It shows that what was once a priority is no longer a priority. They’ve elevated work or practice or friends to a higher place.

Action expresses priorities.
— Mahatma Gandhi

The creativity of children

Have you ever noticed how creative children can be? Give them a set of characters and a setting. Their imagination runs wild.

You may get an epic space battle, wild animals in the city, or a cops and robbers story.

New Star Wars characters

Star Wars characters created by a child

The above drawing was created by one of my friend’s children. He loves Star Wars and knows that I do as well. So as a birthday present, he created three new characters.

It blew me away. He is only eight but has such an imagination.

This makes me wonder whatever happened to the creativity I had as a child.

I know I had a much more active imagination when I was younger. There were days of GI Joe battles, sticks becoming guns, or my backyard becoming a place of adventure.

Have you wandered far from those days? Has your creativity waned?