Why This Entrepreneur Says to Check Your Ego at the Door

July 13, 2019 1 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Entrepreneur and master connector JJ Jones shares the story of his windy road to success from the suburbs, to the hood, to the south and (eventually) to Las Vegas. Jones talks about how his musical aspirations as a teenager led him to meet the Maloof brothers and land a job as their driver, as well as how his experiences with the pair taught him things that he couldn’t have learned in school. JJ and The Notebook host David Meltzer discuss topics such as dropping your ego in order to connect to others, the need to treat others well and be of service and how an attitude of humility and gratitude sets you up to appreciate everything in your life. Related: Sacrifice Your Way to Your Dream Job in Sports Read_More Related posts: Check Out The 2019 Super Bowl Commercials Before the […]

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What to Do When You Don’t Know Anyone in the Room

These 10 strategies will help you feel comfortable and make meaningful connections. July 11, 2019 6 min read This story originally appeared on Thrive Global For some of us, there is nothing more intimidating than walking into a room and realizing you don’t know a single soul (we’re looking at you, introverts). For others (hey, extroverts!), this kind of unfamiliarity paired with the opportunity to meet new people is refreshing — even exhilarating. We all have our own ways of getting comfortable when we venture into uncharted territory that help us get acclimated to new places and faces.  We asked members of the Thrive community to share the tactics they use to feel more comfortable in an unfamiliar environment, and start up meaningful conversations. Look for the loneliest person in the room “I look for the individual who appears to be the loneliest person in the room. I walk over to them, smile and say, ‘Hi, I’m […]

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Why Collecting Business Cards is Not Networking

Don’t be afraid to really put yourself out there. June 21, 2019 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. One of the biggest mistakes people make when networking is thinking that it’s just about running around the room collecting as many business cards as possible. These are often people who don’t really like networking but they know they have to do it, and they think this is the best way to get it done. I’ve tried telling them that this is not networking — it’s either face-to-face cold calling or worse yet, it’s simply “card collecting.”  Years ago, I ran into a couple of business partners who made a competition of collecting cards at networking events. The person who collected the least number of cards had to buy the other partner dinner that week. They were very proud of this networking strategy — seriously, they bragged about it to […]

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How to Make the Most Helpful Connections While Networking

To get the most out of your efforts, seek out ambitious and well-connected individuals. June 17, 2019 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner Brian Tracy describes how to get the most out of your networking. Tracy points out that many people make the mistake of networking with people who are not particularly ambitious or well-connected. Instead, you should seek out people who you recognize as going places in their lives. One of the best places to start networking is inside your own workplace. Start by approaching the top people in your company and asking them for advice.  Also, keep a look-out for how successful people treat others. Tracy explains, typically, successful people are individuals willing to help others. Unsuccessful people are most likely those who are looking to derive a benefit from others. And at the end of the day, if you come up short […]

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Use This Networking Strategy And You Could End Up Meeting the Next Bill Gates

Why you should always get to know the wallflowers. May 30, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. I was recently talking about networking with a good friend of mine, Dr. Mark Goulston. Mark is a psychiatrist and consultant, and he said something that intrigued me.  “People should always introduce themselves to the wallflower in the room. Nobody attends a networking event wanting to stay in a corner and be left alone. They’re in that corner because the most technically skilled people are often socially shy. You never know when you’ll meet the next Bill Gates.” This comment really resonated with me, and it reminded me of a time a few years ago when I was at a party put on by Virgin Galactic relating to the testing of White Knight Two and SpaceShip Two. I walked outside the party and looked over in the […]

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Why Soft Skills Make Strong Networks

It is possible to do well, by doing good. April 19, 2019 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. I’m not much of a “new-age” guy. Yet, I believe in the immense power of the Law of Reciprocity. This concept touches upon the deep-rooted psychological urge to do something nice for someone who did something nice for you. There is certainly value in soft skills, but if you would like to see some evidence as to why those skills work, I can tell you there’s a lot out there to support the Law of Reciprocity, starting with the Nash equilibrium theory (the acronym of which is, ironically, NET).   Nash’s equilibrium theory basically states that the best result will come when everyone in the group is doing what is best for both themselves and the group — a form of reciprocity. The optimal outcome of a situation […]

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The Most Important Thing Women Should Do for Their Careers — But Aren’t

Women tend to undersell their value and strengths. Time to make that stop! April 11, 2019 10 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Of all the lessons I learned early in my career, the ability to network strategically stands out as one of the most important — and one I continue to find value in and practice to this day. In fact, I attribute much of my success as a businessperson and leader within my profession to networking. Related: Top 5 Reasons Women Love Female-Only Networking Groups The importance of networking was ingrained in me during my first job at Credit Lyonnais. My boss essentially took me under his wing and had me sit in his office while he fielded phone calls from all over the world. After each a call, he’d ask me why I thought he wanted to talk to that person and what I […]

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Why the People in Your Social Circle Often Define Your Net Worth

If you aspire to be smarter and wealthier, consider surrounding yourself with smarter and wealthier people. January 31, 2019 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. If you want to get to a higher level, talk to people at a higher level, says Entrepreneur Network partner Peter Voogd.  At one point in his career, Voogd made the realization that everyone he was interacting with was at the same professional level as him. Eventually, Voogd came to conclusion he should adjust his circle of influence. As Voogd puts it, if you surround yourself with five confident people, it is most likely you will become the sixth. To put it another way, if you surround yourself with five intelligent people, then it is in your favor to perhaps become moe intelligent, as well. Voogd notes that one of the most life-changing habits you can make is forming relationships with and connecting with people. In a nutshell, your circle of […]

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What to Do When Your Client Is Just Not Referable

If you find yourself in this situation, make sure you are able to take feedback and adjust. January 24, 2019 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. A friend of mine in BNI recently told me a story about her early days in the organization. Her name is Meaghan and when she joined the group, she had just come out of the construction management industry. Although she was now working as a business coach, she was still dressing to fit in at a construction site. Her entire wardrobe, according to her, was casual shirts and khaki pants which was well-dressed within the context of a construction site. One day, two of her fellow members conducted a little “intervention.” They sat down with her and said, “we want to help you because — right now, as a business coach — you’re just not referable! You don’t present a professional image.” They went on to say […]

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Investing in Your Future Is All About Who You Know

December 16, 2018 2 min read This story originally appeared on Lewis Howes You know how people always say, “There’s power in your peer group”? That’s only half the story. Sometimes you have to buy your way into growth. There are plenty of successful people who want to help you. You just have to create an environment where they can. Sometimes, you have to pay for the knowledge and connections of the leaders in your field. It’s the same way you set yourself up for success with fitness, with education and with goal-setting: You invest in learning. For this Five Minute Friday, the incredible Brendon Burchard shares why investing in a mastermind is the way to get to the next level. Burchard is a New York Times bestselling author whose books include The Motivation Manifesto, The Charge, Life’s Golden Ticket and The Millionaire Messenger. He was on the cover of Success magazine in October 2017 […]

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Why Your Network Is Your Net Worth

Jessica Abo sits down with Halstead Manhattan salesperson Mark D. Friedman to discuss the art of networking. December 7, 2018 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Mark D. Friedman has dedicated his life to cultivating and nurturing relationships. For more than 32 years, Friedman has been part of the New York City community, having lived all over Manhattan,  Brooklyn, the Upper East Side, Queens and Greenwich Village. Currently, Friedman resides on the Upper West Side with his wife. Friedman’s resume includes acting as well as sales and marketing positions in the health and fitness industry. Friedman is passionate about supporting a long list of philanthropic causes such as The American Cancer Society and is co-chair of Taste of Hope and a puppy raiser for Guiding Eyes for the Blind, having raised three service dogs, as well as a member of the networking group BNI, Chapter 12. […]

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25 Tips to Network With Top CEOs

Successful CEOs know their success depends in part on meeting new people who bring value. November 23, 2018 15+ min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. You network with other business leaders to exchange ideas and get advice, like mistakes to avoid or how to manage your time more effectively. Networking is how you meet professionals, clients and investors who can help your business grow. Networking is crucial for your business to thrive. You can take your business to the next level by connecting with top CEOs. Seems impossible? Not with these 25 tips. 1. Make sure you’re connecting with the right CEOs. The main goal is to find those CEOs who inspire and motivate you, believe in what you believe in, share similar values and know your industry. It helps if your personalities click. To meet the CEO in-person start following industry influencers on social media, ask for recommendations from […]

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Booted out of His Own Business & the One Thing Jordan Harbinger Did to Survive

Jordan Harbinger: It would be kind of like if it was illegal tomorrow to be doing anything Smart Passive Income related, and you weren’t allowed to touch any of your existing platforms, and you weren’t allowed to teach any of your existing courses. You’d just kind of be like, “Okay. I’m Pat Flynn, family man, got a great family, great kids, but what do I do? I’m not allowed to speak. I’m not allowed to write. I’m not allowed to teach. What do I do?” Pat Flynn: That’s insane. Jordan Harbinger: You’d have to kind of figure out what you were gonna do . . . Pat Flynn: That would be a truly nightmare situation if, for whatever reason, I wasn’t allowed to do what I’m doing right now for you. This is my business. This is my identity. This is who I am. This is exactly what happened to […]

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How to End a Conversation — Without Offending Anyone Around You

Whether you’re ready to wrap it up immediately or have time for courtesies, here are a handful of efficient exit lines. November 8, 2018 3 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. As the Founder of BNI, one of the world’s largest referral networking organization, I often get asked about the best way to end a conversation in a networking situation. Candidly, I think the answer is pretty simple. So, I’ll start this piece with the “simple solution.” From there, for those of you who love to over-think things, I’ll give you some other options. Related: The New Networking: 8 Strategies for Building Real Relationships Simply say something like, “It was really nice meeting you. Do you have a card so I can have your contact information. Thanks.” That’s it. No fuss. No muss. No big deal. Don’t apologize because you have to go network and definitely don’t’ say you see someone else you need to […]

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Girlboss to Take on LinkedIn With Its Own Social Network

Sophia Amoruso’s company raised $3.5 million for the venture. October 24, 2018 2 min read Girlboss’ next move is taking on LinkedIn. The career site geared toward millennial women founded by Sophia Amoruso recently got a $3.5 million cash infusion in a funding round led by Initialized Capital, the venture capital group run by Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian. As of its most recent funding round in 2017, the company was valued at $13.1 million.   Amoruso’s plan is to roll out a paid professional social-networking platform called Girlboss Collective in January. The site will be developed as a networking hub to serve young women whose careers don’t necessarily line up with a traditional trajectory, particularly if they are freelancing, have multiple part-time jobs or gaps in their resume. Girlboss Collective will be available to people of any gender to use. Related: With Girlboss, Sophia Amoruso Is Using Past Failures to Fuel Her […]

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Why Networking in Person Can Be a Game Changer

In person, you can build trust and you can solidify the relationships you’ve already started online. October 12, 2018 3 min read This story originally appeared on Due Online networking is how I started my business. For the first few years, I connected with clients by pitching constantly and responding to a few job listings from the comfort of home. Venturing out to live events and conferences is when the game changed for me. My business started growing rapidly with the support of a community.  Last week, I returned from FinCon which is a conference for bloggers, podcasters and other influencers in the financial space. Walking away with a stack of business cards was a reminder of how powerful networking in person can be for a business.  Face time solidifies a relationship  Relationships I had with peers online grew exponentially when I met them in person. Being friends with other business owners […]

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What Comes After the Cloud? The Future of Cloud Computing

Before 2007, cloud servers for businesses and consumers just didn’t exist. Yeah, we had accessible servers all over the world, but the way we do cloud computing wasn’t a thing. In just three years, the number of cloud providers went from nothing to 550,000. We entered the age of cloud computing full tilt. But now that cloud computing is ubiquitous and most people don’t even think twice about storing and accessing data on the internet, something else must be coming. Well, sorta. Cloud technology isn’t going to disappear any time soon. It’s like the internet and computing technology. We merely build on what we’ve created and then call it something different. Machine to Machine Interaction The cloud facilitates much more than we ever dreamed possible. But one area we’re seeing explode recently is the realm of the independent machine. We’ve talked for years about “The Singularity.” A moment in time […]

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8 Tips for Expanding Your Social Network

Social media can be the key to a successful job search. September 22, 2018 3 min read This story originally appeared on Personal Branding Blog Disclaimer: Social networking is not a substitute for attending social events, talking with others on the phone or having lunch with someone. To me, there is no question of the growing importance of social networking for people in transition who are looking for their next career stop. However, for many middle-aged people, social networking may be something new and not something they’re right now ready to jump into with both feet in their current predicament. And that’s a shame because employers and recruiters use it as a selection and validation tool for their prospects. Related: Simple Ways to Boost Your Job Search Efficiency So, let’s review some of the advantages job seekers can gain by using the phenomenon of social media. 1. It is a screening tool.  […]

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Even Introverts Can Excel at Networking by Following These Steps

The three C’s of networking — Conversation, Connection and Collaboration — create a context that helps even those most reticent about networking. September 21, 2018 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Networking builds businesses. It brings in clients and partners and helps businesses grow, but networking can be intimidating and seem overwhelming. I understand that because I’m an introvert. Fortunately, that hasn’t prevented me from creating my own network. You don’t have to be an extrovert to use social sites, attend networking events or pursue professional opportunities to connect with others. Introverts don’t have to be shy. Related: How to Network, for Those Who Hate to Network Debunking networking myths Networking has a bad rap. People are hindered by awkward networking moments, misconceptions about networking and its benefits, as well as their own self-protective barriers. Here are five networking myths that need to be debunked before […]

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If You’re Networking Mostly With Women, You’re Leaving Money on The Table

While women-only groups provide support and opportunities, female founders should not necessarily only network with other ladies. September 14, 2018 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. As a female entrepreneur, everywhere I go these days there is opportunity to connect with other women in business. Women are escaping from their corporate jobs to go out on their own, stay-at-home moms are looking for ways to make money and in general, women seem to be very attracted to the entrepreneur path. Indeed, there are 114 percent more women-owned businesses in the U.S. than there were 20 years ago. To go along with this rise in female entrepreneurship, the number of women-focused resources and networks has also increased. But should we, as women, solely focus on these gender-specific groups to take our career and entrepreneurial journey to the next level? Related: 5 Tips for Stress-Free Networking While there is […]

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