The Power of Connecting With Like Minded People

We live in such a diverse world. People come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. It’s truly amazing.

Our interests are just as diverse. We’ve got people who are athletic, nerdy, funny, smart, etc… A world full of difference.

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Diversity is great. It opens you up to new experiences and ideas. Some you may never have thought of before.

I encourage you to seek diversity.

But I also encourage you to seek out like minded people.

WHY?

It might seem odd that I’m encouraging you to seek out like minded people. Why would you want to seek out people with similar interests?

It’s quite simple actually. You should seek out like minded people for their encouragement. And the encouragement that they can bring to you.

What Do You Do?

You’re at a networking event. Mingling and conversing with people you’ve never met. There are tons of questions to ask. But one that gets asked more than anything.

What do you do?

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Without a thought we normally spew out the simple answer. Stating the career we’re in. Or what we do professionally.

And we state it in simplistic terms.

  • I work in IT
  • I’m an accountant
  • I make sales

Is that all that you do? Do you just work in a field?

If you’re anything like me, the answer to the question is a resounding NO.

There’s so much more to you than what you do during your day job.

For example, let’s look at what I do.

My day job is that of an IT professional. Simply put, I make sure the computers at my place of employment are up and running.

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.

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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.

So here we go: