Posts By: Jim Gibson

Priming a Connection to Connect After Networking


The point of networking is to meet new people you can work with to grow your business. That means that what you get out of a networking event doesn’t just stay within the time frame of the event. It goes beyond it. To ensure you are more successful at getting your new connections to connect… Reads more »

Networking Is Not Sleezy – Rejecting a Study


People who feel uncomfortable about networking can sometimes feel like they are doing something wrong. A study in the journal Administrative Science Quarterly found that participants felt networking impinged on their moral purity. Participants felt dirty when they thought of networking with others. They felt as though they weren’t doing the right thing because they… Reads more »

Personality Traits and Networking: Why You Should Care


Everyone has a personality. Whether it is one that is likable or not, people have a certain way about them. Each type of personality either goes with or against other types of personalities. When two personalities go well together, people can do great things together. When two personalities conflict, it can make it difficult to… Reads more »

Build Trust with Networking


When you first meet people, you don’t trust them and they don’t trust you. It’s human nature not to trust people you’ve never met. It’s protection. You’ve learn from past experiences that some people are not trustworthy, so you keep that in mind when you’re meeting people. You need to get to know them and… Reads more »

What to Wear When You’re Networking


What do you wear to a networking event? If you never really thought about it, you have to start now. Your networking wardrobe says a lot about you. It can help you or hurt you. Find out which outfits you should shop for or put to the side just for your next networking event. What… Reads more »

5 Networking Mistakes You Need to Avoid


Networking mistakes can ruin your chances of starting a successful business, growing a business, or finding a job. OfficeTeam recently conducted a survey that asked senior managers what they believed were the biggest mistakes people make when networking. Find out what those mistakes are, so you can avoid them. Mistake #1: Networkers Fail to Ask… Reads more »

The Most Important Skill Business Women Need


There are many successful women out there today. They have achieved their business goals, and they’ve done it despite the challenges and struggles they’ve had along the way. At this point, you’re probably wondering how they’ve made it so far. You’re probably thinking that they must have something you don’t. Guess what? That’s not it… Reads more »

The Power of a Handshake When Networking


You walk up to someone, extend your hand, and you two shake. Just when you thought that was enough, there’s much more you need to know about that first impression you’re making. Yes, it is a first impression, even though you probably never thought of it that way. Think about it. When you shake someone’s… Reads more »

What Research Says About Networking


While you may listen to people tell you how important networking is, all the talk probably doesn’t mean as much as research. Many studies have been done on networking and the results are remarkable. Research shows that networking has many benefits: It helps you stay employed. There’s more potential for salary growth. It improves job… Reads more »