Posted by John Corey on June 17, 2006 at 10:02:13:
I agree with everything you are saying. I want to extend the massage as you can never tell when a relationship will be important.
- Think about how you sign email or posts here. People rarely put a full name or anything like that. Hence it is a bit harder to build relationships when you have 'John" or less as the placeholder.
Definitely something to work on when it comes to email as there are fewer restrictions to what you can add to your signature.
Plaxo is a tool to maintain an address book. The beauty is you create a business card (and personal if you like). Then you electronically exchange it with people. If they also register with Plaxo they will never have to wonder if they have your latest contact details or you wonder about there details. Each time you change jobs, get a new email address, sign up for a new mobile number you make the changes to your record and others automatically have access. They do not need to even get promoted or notified if they would rather have the updates arrive silently.
LinkedIn is the largest professional network site. Mostly for people who want to find someone in a particular company, sector, some who is looking to invest or someone who has something to invest in.
Think of networking as something you do a little each day. Like handing out business card or having a mailing looking for motivated sellers. I think it is just as important to be building and refreshing your network of people you can call on when you have a deal.
- I also suggest using an email address on your posts that works or at least can be guessed at (NoSPAM in address so someone knows to remove it before mailing). Why take the time to network on the forum if you create road blocks. If you are worried about SPAM consider a gmail account as their filters are very good at keeping out the junk and letting through the mail you would want.
I can send you an invite to gmail if you want an account and do not have an invitation.
All the above services are free, widely used and effective for specific tasks. The key message for building a network is do it now so that you can use it later.