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It’s Never “Just Lunch” – a guide for navigating one of the more involved connecting experiences

By Michael Roderick  -  On 15 Jan, 2015 -  0 comments

In most scenarios when you meet someone and would like to get to know them better, you invite them to get together one on one. The two of you will agree to meet at someone’s office, grab coffee, or grab lunch. If lunch is suggested, there is a lot more to contend with and think

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To Nosh, or Not To Nosh: The Prospects of Eating and Drinking at Networking Events

By Michael Roderick  -  On 05 Sep, 2014 -  0 comments

This blog post is a guest blog by Deborah Goldstein and was originally posted on These days, it’s all about networking. If you’ve been to one of our Women’s Advancement Compact community events, you’ve surely noticed that networking is half the picture. We even hold events that give instruction on networking. But until now, there’s one aspect

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Two Things To Consider About How Your Network Sees You

By Michael Roderick  -  On 03 Sep, 2014 -  0 comments

How you are seen in your network is a very important thing and you can be seen in one of two ways: The first is as a service provider. You have a service that people pay for and, when the pain point or problem you address through your service comes up, your network thinks of

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Want To Build A Tribe? Do This.

By Michael Roderick  -  On 02 Sep, 2014 -  0 comments

Many entrepreneurs are interested in building a following for the work that they do. Whether you are looking for more readers for your blog, more subscribers for your mailing lists, or more people to attend the events you host, the main idea is to develop a tribe very quickly. But how do you go about

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Following Up vs. Following The “Out”

By Michael Roderick  -  On 27 Aug, 2014 -  0 comments

Many of us have heard the phrase “follow up or fail” but do we actually take it to heart? We know that we need to follow up but often we don’t because we are afraid of what the other person might say, we’re afraid of looking needy, or we’re afraid that the other person will

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Be a Doctor, Not a Dabbler: The Best Way to Approach One-on-One Meetings

By Michael Roderick  -  On 21 Aug, 2014 -  0 comments

If building business relationships is important to you, then you likely will find that one-on-one meetings with potential referral partners, prospects, and other business owners is an essential part of that process. The interesting thing is that many times people waste these opportunities for partnerships and support by spending the entire time trying to sell,

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Save Some Trees: One Thing To Check For Before Handing Out Anything

By Michael Roderick  -  On 20 Aug, 2014 -  0 comments

It is not uncommon in one-on-one meetings for someone to have “materials” on who they are and what they do. If you happen to be one of those people, you run the same risk as the people on the street handing out flyers. If you do not want your pamphlets, folders, and one-sheets to end

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Start (Even If You Suck): What To Do When You Don’t Know Anyone Yet

By Michael Roderick  -  On 19 Aug, 2014 -  0 comments

One of the toughest things to do in any field is to get started. Whether we are sitting down to write, getting ready to go to the gym, or about to ask someone out the moments directly before are the toughest. Seth Godin has said that anxiety is experiencing failure in advance and, in many

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If You Only Knew The Power Of The Dark Side: Spotting the Taker in Giver’s Clothing

By Michael Roderick  -  On 03 Jul, 2014 -  0 comments

If you’ve read Adam Grant’s phenomenal book Give and Take then you have no doubt been exposed to the idea of Givers, Takers, and Matchers. Adam also points out a very interesting sub-section which he refers to as Fakers. These are Takers who pose as Givers and tend to fool people into giving to them. Like the

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The Number One Thing That Is Killing Your Crowdfunding Campaign

By Michael Roderick  -  On 30 Jun, 2014 -  0 comments

There is no doubt that crowdfunding has really helped a lot of people who are developing projects and need a boost to get them off of the ground. As with any venture that has media success stories, there are now tons of people hopping on the bandwagon. I do not claim to be a crowdfunding

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