For most of us, networking is something that operates in the background as we go about our everyday business. Personally, I often find myself having to push extra hard to make, keep and cultivate relationships. Those of us who sit on our networking laurels will often site the “six degrees of separation” law as an excuse. After all, if you subscribe to the theory, then you’ll meet the connection you need “naturally.”
What if I told you that the six degrees of separation law is a myth, designed to create complacency while others get ahead? According to a new book, The 29% Solution, only 29 PERCENT of us are six degrees apart from everybody. And authors Ivan Misner and Michelle Donovan tell you how you can get into the 29%.
The book is broken into 52 weekly networking success strategies and it can be read chronologically or you can pick and choose the chapters that apply to you. Each section ends with action items, making this reading exercise more than just a passive activity.
From setting networking goals to making sure you block out free time to meet others, these assignments are sure to improve your networking skills. You’ll also learn the top 10 traits of master networkers.
Timely follow up
Good listening skills
One of my favorite lessons is on the characteristics shared by catalytic people; those who make things happen. A blend of initiative, intention, confidence and motivation will yield a spark – the kind that could set the dominoes in motion.
The book could help you assess where you currently stand and get you on the path to making improvements that will get you into the 29%
In the same way that diets generally don’t work, neither will networking tips, unless you embed them into your lifestyle. The 29% Solution is an enjoyable read. You can purchase it here.