Monday, March 30, 2009

Learning To Network

Networking is an important part of any job. Getting fresh ideas and perspectives can enhance the way you work and what you are able to contribute to your organization. While it is imperative that you make contacts, it isn't necessary that you be the life of the party to do so.

With this in mind, take note of these tips for making your networking a success.

  • Make an effort to remember names. Keep in mind that a person's name is the sweetest and most important sound in any language to them. People naturally feel friendly toward you if you've made the effort to remember this one important fact about them. And, because you took the effort, they'll likely feel you're already a friend. It's really fairly easy to remember people's names, and it may be the most important career skill you can learn. We go into detail on this strategy in the Dale Carnegie Course, but the key is to associate the person with something you can easily picture so you can recall this image when you are trying to think of their name.
  • Create conversations and be a good listener. Encourage others to talk about themselves, because people love to speak about their lives. All you have to do is ask a few leading questions and most people will keep the conversation going with only a few comments from you leading them to further details. Get people talking and before you know it, you'll have plenty of fresh contacts lined up.
  • Become genuinely interested in other people. Being a good listener is important, but the next step to keeping up the relationship is to really care about these people. Remember things about their personal lives or their jobs and sincerely show you care. For example, I once had a co-worker whose daughter had a serious illness. At least once a week I stopped by and asked how her daughter was doing. It doesn't take much of your time to make people feel as though you truly care about them, but it will forge lasting relationships that will help you throughout your career.
These are some truly easy ways, which can enhance your relationships with people both in your personal and professional life. Don't worry that you are not the one doing all the talking. In most cases, it is best to listen and then share to form a real bond.

Contributed by Dale Carnegie Training.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Which is bigger: you or your problem?

OK, so there's this guy who does a card trick with the most shocking message buried in the middle of it...

You may have to rub your eyes and rewind the video, but it's really an incredible example of how one simple shift in thinking can change everything.

Not just little stuff either, but really IMPORTANT stuff, like your relationships, your health, and even your financial success.

What you'll find here is the sudden realization of the secret to freeing your mind of all the negative inner chatter and turmoil you're bombarded with every single day.

Why is that important?

Because it's that negative CRAP that messes you up time and time again!

Not only will this open the door to a new way of approaching life's challenges, you'll discover you finally feel truly alive and even powerful.

And that means you can finally chart your course in life no matter what is going on around you.

I think you'll agree, that is worth its weight in gold, especially these days. Go watch the video and start applying what it says.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Time to sharpen your focus and quit the distractions!

It's truly amazing how social sites is pulling the Internet community even closer and disseminating information faster. I just got to know Jeff Vacek and he has an impending launch that's going to rock the self-development industry.

Most of us are working our tails off to create a better life for yourselves through entrepreneurship. And it's far from a cake-walk for most people, especially right now. Later when you see a video, you'll get the impression that Jeff is a very unassuming bloke who loves to play the guitar, but you never know this regular guy was previously laid off 4 times in 6 years. Today, he is able to spend the right amount of time with his wife and kids and play his electric guitar. This is not just a matter of finding peace. Jeff also runs 3 businesses with a million-dollar turnover EACH. How did he make his dreams come true? I'm sure your curiosity is aroused yeah?

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