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The Reactor Factor: How to Handle Difficult Work Situations Without Going Nuclear by Marsha Petrie Sue

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Chapter 7. Is Your Networking Working?

The Good, the Bad, and the Connected

Being totally overwhelmed with the plethora of choices in networking today seems to be the norm. There are hundreds of online social networks to which you can connect. Then, layer on the networking meetings along with the up-close-and-personal time with people; and you can be in the down draft of the networking typhoon. Consider the possibilities:

  • Chamber of Commerce

  • Small Business Administration

  • Convention and Visitors Bureau

  • Business Journal

  • National Association of Women Business Owners

  • Rotary Club

  • Elks Lodge

  • Lions Club

  • Association Clubs/Association Meetings

  • Religious Groups

Are you confused? Which ones are best for you?

Personally, I have wasted so much time in meetings that I felt obligated to attend for whatever reason. It finally dawned on me that I would be best served by homing in on the gatherings that not only I like, but that seemed to be the best match for my business and personal needs.

I met Debby Raposa, MAS, President of Idea Source, Inc., networking. I asked her if she would share an idea on how she and her company are responding to the economy. She replied, "The best way I have responded to the market is to attend functions where I am more visible to the community. It is a natural and easy way to connect with people—especially when you become involved with committees or leadership positions in associations or non-profits. It is a holistic approach to life—a win/win for all parties involved. Business ...

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