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14-Year-Olds in Your LinkedIn Network?

When the news came across the wire (oops, old-school term, no wires anymore) that LinkedIn was dropping its entrance age from 18 to 14-years-old there […]
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This stuff works!

Walking into a room full of strangers, figuring how to strike up a conversation, or how to get out of a conversation are things that many people aren’t really comfortable doing, but here’s the amazing thing–they are skills that can be learned (see chart). But what we teach goes beyond mere circulating and networking. It’s understanding the value of building the right kind of network and having the social intelligence skills (rapport) to build real relationships that will stand the test of good and bad times. We love teaching these skills because this stuff works! “Thank you for the great session. I already have lots of principles to apply and can’t wait to start the book and will take it to my next conference tomorrow and read on the plane to prepare for fantabulous networking!”
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5 Tips to go from Survive to Thrive

We love these tips from Marie-Josee Scharr, MPP (Master of Applied Positive Psychology) because they are based on science. Her tips are ones we can use when we connect with one and other every day and when out ‘working the pond’. Our notes are in italic. Marie-Josee is the author of the just-released book Smarts and Stamina: The Busy Person’s Guide to Optimal Health and Wellbeing. 1- Focus on your out breath. Breathing out activates the parasympathetic nervous system, or the body’s relaxation response. In fact, when we tell someone to “take a deep breath”, we really should be asking them to “push a deep breath [out]”. Doing so helps by bringing about a little more stillness and calmness in our minds and bodies. Imagine using this when you have just had a not-so-great encounter with someone in your office. Instead of reacting to them, try this technique.
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5 Reasons to Take a Tag Teammate

Our Positive Networking(R) tip this week is on the power of tag teammates, and we promised 5 extra tips(see below). Here’s the original tip: WHEN SOMEONE POUNCES “We are always encouraging people to go to networking events with a work colleague because tag teammates can be a great help when the unexpected happens. Who hasn’t been in the situation where you and your colleague are chatting with a person you’ve just met, only to have someone pounce on you (ok, not literally)…
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