Being selfishly generous with your time and skills

Ok, taking another crack at this podcasting thing to start the week…podcast2 This one is only 5 minutes! The theme of this podcast is about seeking the win-win between helping yourself and others, in particular why I have a networking meeting before 8am almost every weekday. coffeemonkeyI often get called a sucker for “giving” so much to others. People advise me it’s not a “smart” way to live my life. Then I explain how everything I do to give, has a return value to me in network bench-strength and skill building. I’d love your thoughts, please comment below or on twitter…   Links mentioned in the podcast:

Hope to see you at my August 29th free networking event! Paul Ps. A special thank to peers who encouraged me to make the podcast and gave me some great and honest feedback after the first one… especially @gptekkie @erejman and as always @claremcdowall

Podcast : The Future of Social Business

Thanks to all my peers who encouraged me to use this medium to serve my network – I hope this podcast is of value to you! It’s a little shaky, but I’ll improve.. I promise!
Click here, it’s just over 10 minutes…
Here are the resources I mention:

Please comment, let me know how I can improve!


New Year’s Eve networking in August?

newyar The calendar tells us the New Year is January 1. But the business year really starts in September.
So! August 29th join me at the office…The Office Pub that is. 7:30pm is when we kick off and there are three themes:
IMG1051. Celebrating innovative wisdom: Ken Wyman is no stranger to the fundraising and philanthropy community. Many people know the fabulous Humber Fundraising program he has lead for years and years. Well Ken is taking a break this year, let’s raise a glass and celebrate a wise leader creating some mental space to let the program he leads grow without him, and to refocus his own intellectual legacy to our profession.
2. Celebrating innovative courage: Another man I greatly admire, often brockembodies my feelings towards the younger generation of fundraisers coming up in the profession. Brock Warner, like so many of his contemporaries, pushes, teaches, supports and gives back through his work with the awesome team at Stephen Thomas. Brock has made a career move and it’s something I and many others would like to celebrate ( but also to celebrate the career courage of others like Emma Jenkin, Laurie Fox and more! )
smctoronto3. If it’s the new year… why not start by brushing up on new skills! Social Media is the hot new business skill only the bold are adopting early. The bold like 2011 Golden Crab winner Clare McDowall, a teacher of mine who has told me before about the great folks at “Social Media Cafe”. So! To make this all convenient and super-high value networking, I have merged these two events! Come to “The Office” for 6pm and join the SMCafe crew and then come downstairs and join us for a drink or dinner at the Pub right after. You’ll meet new contacts, and keep building relationships with those you know. Time well spent. No RSVP as usual for Nazevents but if you’re coming for #SMCafeTO, please follow this link. Want big results for your #bizNewYear ? ( hashtag for the event ) . If you can’t make it then : 1) Consider grabbing this book to help you
2) Keep in touch with me and use my offer to help with your goals and career digitalmedia3) Don’t just sit there. Do something (strategic)!

As always, I’m at your service,
Here’s a great way to start something new…..from our buddies TED and Matt

Business Cards To Business Relationships: Volume II

Do you feel the earth shaking? You should.

It has arrived, the updated, improved, 2nd edition of “Business Cards to Business Relationships“.

Now let me qualify, my #1 networking book of all time is still “Work the Pond” and that’s because it’s readable by every adult on the planet. Its’ shorter executive style format focuses on their patented “positive networking” methods and is accessible to non-working folks too. It’s the science of networking.

But THIS book is the #1 BUSINESS networking book. As Allison says, her book is about building a “profitable network“. This book is for those seeking employment or to develop a career where business theory turns into profitable* reality.

*When I say “profit, note that when I first read this I was a fundraiser, Allison was also a fundraiser once and she includes charitable donations, also know as “social-profit” in the book.

Today in a social media obsessed world, where every grad is told “now you have the education, start working on ‘brand you’ “. What they mean is… you need a networking plan.
Allison goes right back to basics about your smile, eye contact, dressing for success to the fundamentals of being approachable, the ROI of networking events to understanding core values like the concept of ‘character Vs behaviour’ .

International business magazine Fast Company featured Allison’s advice on how to rock a room.

The Globe & Mail’s Career section featured an excerpt from the book on how to escape a room!

Every College and University graduate is told about the “Hidden Job Market” and the importance of “Informational Interviews“. Instead they should be given this book, it’s all in these pages. All you MBA and B-School types, you don’t have a choice. This is required reading for business success. Period.

I often talk about why not to “fake it ’till you make it” but how to “be it until you are it”. This is how to do find out what kind of professional you want to become and how to become them – the author’s “seven steps to business confidence” could be a book in itself.

People often ask me why I don’t write a book about the fundamentals of networking, about my personal secrets. Ladies and gentlemen, 99% of my secrets are in this book.

Great example, 7 entire pages on how to create your conversational pitch script – how to be fluid and authentic when talking about your business. Over 15 pages on email, phone, mobile and face to face etiquette.
If the book had one weakness, I would have liked to have seen more integration of net-media. LinkedIn and the like. But the chapter entitled “Don’t confuse 10,000 followers with a profitable network” is not too shabby.
So, if you work for a living, or want to.
Buy it. Read it. Live it.
And Profit.

Here’s a few of Allison’s videos and Huffpost articles to get you started. Enjoy