Power Connector

The Power Connector’s Giveaway

“When you deliver first-class work as a volunteer, people will assume you deliver the same high-quality work in your professional life.”

Judy Robinett, How to Be a Power Connector: The 5+50+100 Rule for Turning Your Business Network into Profits

Judy Robinett’s How to Be a Power Connector has been nominated for a Biz Book Award for Small Business Marketing, and for good reason!

Here at Think Like a Consultant, we want to everyone to have a chance to learn from Judy, learn her networking tips and find out how to turn your business network into profit.  So, we are giving away two copies of her award-winning book.

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Networking is something we have discussed here, most recently in The 3 Simple Steps to Reach Networking Nirvana.  Connections matter in business, career, and even in your personal life.

“The proverb about who you know being more important than what you know has never been more true than when applied to locating a job opening.  Multiple studies have shown that being referred increases your chances of being hired, yet most people continue to do things the hard way.

According to the 2013 Sources of Hire study by CarrerXroads.com, “a candidate who has acquired a referral is 3-4 times more likely to be hired”.  Yet less than 7% of applications came include referrals!”

Judy Robinett’s How to Be a Power Connector uses real-world examples of power connectors and chock-full of great networking tips.  Judy simplifies building connection skills by handing you a guide that will get you results.

  • What is a powerful network, and how so you build one?
  • Do you know who to target?
  • The skills necessary to master power connecting.
  • How to implement the 3 phases of power connecting.
  • Introduction to the 5+50+100 system and how it will streamline your power connecting strategy.

Don’t miss your chance to win a free book with great networking tips provided by Think Like a Consultant!

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3 Great Reasons to Update Your Job Description Now!

“The first step toward change is awareness. The second step is acceptance.”
— Dr. Nathaniel Branden, Psychologist and Author

Whether you have been in your current job for one, three, five years or longer, what you’re doing now most likely is not what you were originally hired to do. You may not even be aware of when things changed. But slowly, over time, your job morphed into something completely different.job-description-checklist

Most people I meet are oblivious to these minor alterations in their work profile. While I have seen it often enough to realize that it is a normal part of corporate culture (at least here in the U.S.), that doesn’t mean that you should ignore it.

Quite the contrary.
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5 Essential Rules for Getting Recognition From Your Boss

“Great thoughts speak only to the thoughtful mind, but great actions speak to all mankind.”—Theodore Roosevelt

You might be annoyed that no one appreciates or acknowledges all that you do at work. You might grumble to yourself when someone less committed gets ‘your’ promotion. But if you want people to recognize your diligence, work and efforts, you have to make them known.

Many people don’t like indulging in self-praise, but when it comes to your career, you have to step out of your comfort zone and speak up if you want to be recognized. This is especially true if you feel you are at a disadvantage versus your coworkers.

You might be a woman working in a male-dominated field or you might be fresh out of college or maybe you transferred to a new department and have to start from the bottom. No matter what the reason, you have to work a little harder to prove yourself.

Thoughts are thoughts, but it takes words and actions to effect change in your life. While bragging is definitely to be avoided, there are many ways to “blow your own horn” and spread the word about your accomplishments in a productive way.  Follow these tips and you will be on your way to getting recognition from your boss.

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9 Super Ideas to Help Achieve Your Goals in 2015

“Each year one vicious habit discarded, in time might make the worst of us good.”
–Benjamin Franklin

Big changes can be difficult to implement. Human brains are wired to create and distinguish patterns, and our tendency to follow routines reflects this. Work practices are even more regimented—and often ingrained—than our activities at home. But, by slowly and incrementally changing workplace habits, it’s possBaby Steps 1ible to quickly become a significantly more efficient and successful employee. In this article, I’m going to go through some simple ways to approach, set, and accomplish goals in both your professional and personal life.

The first important step in creating goals is to prioritize. There are lots of things that you need to do, but which are the most important? Which tasks affect your life on a regular basis? Are you always forgetting to check your email, or do you get sidetracked easily? Little habits that suck time away and constantly get in your way can make a difference. Figure out what you need to change now and what you can work on later.

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4 Reasons Why People Hide Behind Technology Walls

“Technological progress has merely provided us with more efficient means for going backwards”.

— Aldous Huxley, Author

Advances in technology have enhanced our lives in a number of ways. From MRI machines that can peer inside our bodies to hybrid cars that reduce pollution to smartphones with GPS, cameras and the entire Internet in the palm of our hands, there is hardly an aspect of our lives that has not been improved by technology.

However, as the author of Brave New World points out, there is a down side to the advance of technology. His novel describes an anti-utopian world, 600 years in the future, where all human relationships have been eliminated and humanity is divided into rigid castes to facilitate government control.why people hide behind technology

While I doubt his vision will become reality, there are people who do use technology to create a barrier between themselves and the rest of society. They seem to avoid physical interactions at all costs and insist on communicating primarily via electronic means.

In this article, I’m going to go through some ways to handle a boss or co-worker who has created a “virtual wall”, or if you think you may have, as well as the values of more personal communication and how to stimulate it.

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3 Simple Networking Tips to Reach Nirvana

“To get a step up in the world, you could use a ladder, or you could use your connections. I prefer the latter.”
Jarod Kintz, Author, Seriously delirious, but not at all serious

Connections are the single most valuable resource available to help you find a new job, yet most people don’t maintain their network or totally ignore it until one minute after they lose their job.

When it comes to effective networking, ignorance is not bliss.

Networking shouldn’t be viewed as a onerous task that you only do when job hunting.  If you do, you will never realize the full potential of networking or be able to fully leverage it when you need it most.

In this post, I will share some of the networking tips that I have learned in my years of running a successful consulting business.

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5 Tips for Surviving ‘The Curse of the Disorganized Boss’

“There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.”
— Peter Drucker

It is safe to believe that most people want to do the best job possible – there is something soul-fulfilling about doing a good job and completing a project right. This sentiment has echoed throughout the ages, from Herodotus to Rousseau and Marks. And while there might be a small percentage of slackers whose only wish is to slide on by, I believe that the vast majority of people want to do a good job. They strive to perform at a high level and want to work as efficiently as possible.

However, as Peter Drucker aptly points out, delivering your output efficiently is useless if what you have been asked to do does not add value, is redundant to other efforts, or simply makes no sense. Being assigned an unnecessary task can be frustrating. But it is only one of the ways you and your office can be affected by “The Curse of The Disorganized Boss”. Continue reading 5 Tips for Surviving ‘The Curse of the Disorganized Boss’

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LinkedIn’s Killer App: Contact Management

Social media properties want to increase the time you spend with them.  They call it ‘engagement’ and it is a key metric that social media sites like to quote when soliciting more VC funds or in the case of Facebook, to make their analysts happy

LinkedIn has been called ‘Facebook for Business’ and for good reason.  They have become the defacto portal that most professionals use to manage their networking.

Social Media EngagementA social media analysis site called Shareaholic compiles a “Social Referrals That Matter” Report that measures user engagement across 200,000 sites. They said:

Although Google+ and LinkedIn drive the fewest social referrals, they bring in some of the best visitors.

What does this mean?  It means that LinkedIn users spend more time (over 2 minutes) on each link they click and view 2.23 pages during each visit.  As you can see from the chart, LinkedIn users spend over two hours there, on average, each month.  This ranks third behind only YouTube and Google+.

User engagement is a valuable metric and allows sites to charge more for advertising.  LinkedIn has built an active user community that is attractive to businesses.  The more engagement goes up, the more attractive their community becomes.

To increase their stickiness and keep you on their site even longer, LinkedIn has been quietly adding new features to their core functionality.  I’m going to show you how you can take advantage of some of these and turn LinkedIn into a free contact management tool. Continue reading LinkedIn’s Killer App: Contact Management

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4 Costly Mistakes that Can Ruin Your Job

If you make listening and observing your occupation, you will gain much more than you will by talking.

— Sir Robert Baden-Powell, Founder of the Boy Scouts

A beginning is a very delicate time.”  Starting a new job can be a trying experience.  Especially if you were out of work for a while, moved into a new industry or even an entirely new line of work.  There are a host of unknowns; unfamiliar faces, opaque office politics and where exactly is the bathroom?

If you want to excel in your new job, there are a number of behaviors you should avoid, to make your life easier in your new role  and put yourself in the best position to be successful.  In this article, I discuss four costly mistakes that can ruin your job and give you some useful techniques to keep yourself from making them.

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3 Tips to Avoid Worrying About Losing Your Job

“Most people work just hard enough not to get fired and get paid just enough money not to quit.”

— George Carlin

Whether you feel like one of the people Carlin is referring to or whether you love your job and would never consider leaving, you can’t escape the fact that job hopping is becoming more common.  Today’s workers stay at a job for around 4.4 years, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  This may not sound too bad, however, it is projected that recent college grads could see that average drop even further.

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