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Monday, July 13, 2009

IT ALL STARTS WITH US!: An Introduction

It All Starts with Us! with John A. Lee

Welcome to my first column for The National Networker! I would like to thank Adam for inviting here to share my personal observations on the Power of Networking. The distinguished company of other columnists who publish here humbles me. They have some very impactful messages that we can all learn from and I hope to enhance this site with my own strategies and experiences as well.

Networking for me is a thrill. Discovering new contacts, understanding their needs, and introducing them to a potential problem-solver. During the months to follow, I will put my spin on networking as I discuss such topics as recovery solutions, personal accountability and branding, strategic partnerships, and alliances, “paying forward” when an immediate return or benefit can’t be seen, and dozens of other related issues.

It used to be all about “who do you know.” Today, it’s all about “who does ‘who-you-know’ know.” When you start to do the addition -- No! make that multiplication -- you suddenly have access to thousands of potential contacts with just a couple of generations of friends of friends. In spite of the uncertain times, my discovery is. . . people genuinely are eager to help make a connection for you. I will help you capitalize on this phenomenon as long as you are willing to do the same for others – quid pro quo.

So, offer a leg up. Lend a hand. Refer a connection. Listen with an open mind. Think of how you can help. Just do it!

Because, like the name of this column. . . It All Starts With Us!

For more information, please visit John's TNNW Bio.

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