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Chapter 2
The Machinery: Build, Track and Maintain Your Network
2.1 Networking: The Machinery That Drives Business

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y wife took her wrist watch to the local jeweler for repair. The store was very busy, but eventually she found her way to the glass display case with a smiling salesman behind it.

“How can I help you?” he asked. {Graphic Insertion Point} GIP_chap02_sec2-1.jpg

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What an utterly brilliant question! “How can I help you?” “ What can I do for you?” “Is there some way I can be of service to you?” “ What is it that I can do to help you achieve your objectives?” Theoretically, you could read that last paragraph, study it, let it penetrate into the deepest crevices of your mind, then move on to Chapter 3 because you’ve just captured the essence of good, solid business networking! That’s right — the secret to great networking lies in what you can do to help others! But now that you know this, don't skip ahead; in fact, don't skip anything. Why? You’d be surprised how many people still cling to the belief that networking is all about “connecting with others so they can help me find a job.” Unfortunately that’s not networking, that’s spamming a fellow human being. People who do this should put themselves in the role of the spamee and consider how it might feel if the roles were reversed. Let’s just think of it as the Golden Rule of Networking and to be an effective networker, it’s a rule you must follow. What it comes down to is this: You must discover what you can do, offer, or share that ingratiates you with others and makes them genuinely look forward to your next meeting. Doing this consistently brands you as someone of interest, someone who is truly worth

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knowing. As you consistently treat people in this manner, it's no accident that they look for opportunities to reciprocate. And it all starts with the “small talk," the key to…...

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