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Sunday, May 24, 2009


Universal Guide to Networking with Terry Bean

Writers promise The National Networker we will have our post submitted by the 25th of the preceding month. As it is the 24th, I thought I should ask the Universe what it most wanted me to share with you. It was a quick conversation.

I have previously written all about "the ASK" (you can find that here). For this month, the Universe asked me to share why the ASK can be so powerful for you.

First off, the ASK is something you can do at networking events, on your online profiles and when you are invoking Universal laws (to learn more about how these laws govern networking see my post on "why giver's gain").

Your ASK should be for the one person or company that will absolutely make your day. You can ASK for a new client, business partner or employee. If you are seeking a new job, then that position description could be your ASK.

A few tips about your ASK:

1. Make it specific- so many networkers are general in their descriptions. Don't do that. Get laser focused on what/who you seek and describe in great detail. (Feel free to ping me for the reasons why).

2. Have a few different ASKS. Have one that is based on ideal clients and one that is based on referral partners. You may also want them to differ based on your audience as well.

3. When you give us the opportunity to help you, you are still giving to us. Help us help you because ultimately it may help us ;-)

I have 5 other posts on this topic if you want more (see the link above).

Speaking of specific ASKS, I would ASK that you take a look at at what Dafna is doing this year in interviewing leaders in every state this year. The trip is called the 50 in52 Journey and the website is here. This woman is doing an amazing thing for the U.S. And you should know about it. She interviewed me about networking and Motor City Connect and that can be seen here.

For what will you be ASKing? Make sure it is worthy of YOU!

Be connected-

Terry Bean

Terry Bean is the founder of, Detroit's fastest growing networking group. He is also the founder of a business development training firm that focuses on helping people make more productive use of their online and offline networking time. Terry provides training and large scale presentations on networking, social media usage and universal laws. Be one of the first to get "Terry's Guide to Networking" available on CD and via download. E-mail for more.

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