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On Networking and Smart Mosquitoes

It still is all about networking. We have social media networking, but that’s only part of it. You still need to get out of the office once in a while and network with your peers. (I’m so old I used to network before it was actually called “networking”. When I first heard the term I decided it wasn’t for me because I was always too busy chatting with people.)

Whenever I do network, I always meet up with someone I haven’t seen in a while and we make plans to get together and who knows where that will all lead to? If nothing else a nice, usually overdue, chinwag.

Everyone has personal and professional networks. Not only do we use them to get help and guidance, but they serve a human need we all have to interact with one another. And it’s not an old-timers’ game. My university-age daughter was born into the social media era, but the minute she’s home for the summer, she and her friends start making plans to get together.

Oh yeah, the mosquitoes. One of my new networks is the “cottage country” network. Last year we bought a cottage and managing it was all so new and somewhat overwhelming, but now I’ve managed to get to know people who can help me with obtaining firewood, how to get a shallow-well jet pumped primed and working efficiently, and what are the best mosquito zappers on the market.

I’ve never seen so many mosquitoes in my life! And smart. We went up for a week last year with a utility trailer, and as I was unhooking it, I was live bait for the mosquitoes. We slathered ourselves with repellants all week, and when I went out on the last day to hook the trailer up again, I swear they were already hovering around the hitch, just waiting for me. Not this year…

Online networking options grow in popularity

The best entrepreneurial training I ever received was working at my uncle’s service station when I was a teenager in Lower West Pubnico.

It was a gathering site for people, mostly fishermen, and the conversation was usually pretty lively.

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High Tech Professionals Share Best Practices Face-to-face, not Online

If you want your presentations to have a winning edge, Halina St James is chock-full of advice. St James is the energy behind Podium Coaching of Halifax, and living testament to her own advice.

Advice on being passionate, on being yourself, and on knowing your audience. On body language, and on simplicity of your message. On starting right, telling a story, and having a wow factor.

When to emphasize a word, when to pause for effect.

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For Free Long Distance Calling, Skype’s the Limit

We were working on an important proposal just at the time when my business partner, Dave Nicholson, and his wife Judy were scheduled to travel to Mexico on vacation. Since Dave’s job is to keep me from giving away the farm, it was important for us to collaborate on this proposal no matter where in the world he happened to be at the time. So we decided it was a good time to try out some long distance Internet telephone usage.

We agreed ahead of time when Dave would be available for a call, and when I contacted him I found him (naturally) in a bar. Judy was using his laptop at the time, so she informed Dave that his computer was “ringing”.

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LinkedIn – a “Facebook for Business”

In a recent article on Social Media, I discussed the power of online personal connections and mentioned the phenomenon that is Facebook. There is another social media tool which is similar to Facebook but is more intended for business contacts. It is called LinkedIn.

This service allows you to create a profile much like you would on Facebook, and to make connections with other people who you can then keep informed of business activities. Note that these are called “connections”, not “friends”.

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