Opinion: Be alive, don’t be a networking Zombie

by Mofolusade Sonaike

Black woman executive

A personal Facebook fan page ke? Unless the author means a page for your business. Or perhaps they are referring to artists.

I am overwhelmed by the responses I have received to the “Reach out and touch someone” post from Sunday. My assistant took the time to send the story to several blogs and most of them published it; I appreciate all of you from the bottom of my heart.

I am tempted to start reeling out names, but I know I just might leave out some people and then I’ll be in trouble, so I’ll refrain myself. What needs to be done is getting clearer now and by the time I meet with her and her mother on Sunday, I will do a sequel to the story. We can make a difference, touching one life at a time!

July 16 2013…

I got rather upset this evening. I left my office laptop at home on the table this morning because I was running late. Lo and behold I return home to find that the charging port is bad. Why? Because my second son dragged it off the table and smashed it on the floor before the nanny could rescue it. I can’t cry and I don’t want to use the “me that I am managing myself” line again (Okay, I used it, stylishly, couldn’t resist). But you know now. To think that the long holiday just started! I need to find a way to keep these little men engaged or I am in soup. Okay, I am not in soup, God forgive me. I am grateful for the gift of children given to me, but I could use some help here Lord! Sighs…..

In other news, I found something interesting in a Google plus group I am in. I am really feeling this infographic about networking. Let me delve a little bit into the ones I found most interesting;

Z –  Anybody here got those people on their contacts who are all about marketing their business? No human-like conversations ever, not even a personal hello, they hardly even bother to read your own messages, just broadcast messages every morning and every night! Puhleease! Get a life and stop clogging our timelines and emails.

Or what about those others that you meet at events who can’t wait to download all the information about their business to you the moment you say hello. Send them this infographic and add a note to say read “Z”. Hehehe.

F – Not too sure about this. A personal Facebook fan page ke? Unless the author means a page for your business. Or perhaps they are referring to artists.

K – Call that old friend you haven’t spoken to in ages now before you need to. Not that I am trying to boast, but my I still have friends from my secondary school days and university days (chemical engineering family!), that come through for me every now and again.

Q – I know the tip in S says sell yourself, but this doesn’t mean you need to talk that poor person to stupor! Listen twice as much as you speak.

L/T – Twitter and Linkedin are great resources for business networking. What are you doing on twitter? Make your tweets count. What’s your network strength on Linkedin? Is it for show or are you leveraging on your network? How many relevant groups do you participate in?

I can say something about every single letter, but seeing as you can read too, I really should just stop here.

Enjoy! Please share your thoughts too.

 

– Here’s the link to the post https://plus.google.com/u/0/111124035804638037116/posts/3q4dzCFMWrX.

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Mofolusade Sonaike likes to be referred to as a “mumpreneur” being a married mother of two boys who runs a gift consulting company under the brand name Trezorlandia. Her walk to entrepreneurship is one with a lot of twists and she has a blog tagged an entrepreneurs journey that tries to share experiences she has had with prospective entrepreneurs. A graduate of chemical engineering from the university of Lagos she also holds an MBA from the Lagos Business School. She blogs at http://mofolusades.blogspot.com/

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