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Meet, Greet, Grip, and Grin

Networking. It’s a word that conjures up a variety of meanings. In the workplace, networking means more than must making contacts – it means making connections.

If you’re wondering what the difference is, think of a magnet attached to your refrigerator. That’s a contact. A healthy ‘bump’ and the magnet is jarred loose, falling to the floor.

Now think of a freight train hauling its load across country. The cars on the train is coupled so they won’t come apart. That’s being “connected.”

Successful businesspeople are well connected. But that doesn’t happen by accident. It all has to start somewhere, and the first step is getting to know people. So when you meet people for the first time, get to know them. Ask questions. Be inquisitive: How did they get into that line of work? What do they like most about what they do? What do they like least? What would they like to see different about their field? Where do they think their field is heading in the next few years?

If you’re genuinely interested, they’ll know it and you’re making a connection. If you’re not, they’ll know that, too. But to be connected, it all starts with “meet, greet, grip, and grin.”

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