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30 Day Network Building Challenge!

By July 24, 2019 No Comments

Inspired by friend (and yes, interviewee in Build Your Dream Network) Amanda Ellis Cuban and a month long client-development outreach initiative she instigated, here’s a 30-day #BYDN networking challenge for you (no, just because it is summer, you don’t get to take your foot off the network building gas pedal).

For the next 30-days do 1 thing each day to genuinely reconnect with someone in your network.

ONE thing.

Just one.

Each day for 30-days.

What on earth could you do to reconnect, you say to yourself? – and yes, I heard those thoughts in your head!

It doesn’t need to be much, as long as it is genuine. Here are a few ideas I came up with (while writing this post):

  1. Endorse a friend on LinkedIn
  2. RSVP to a meetup (and yes, attend)
  3. Customize a regret note for an event you cannot attend
  4. Organize a carpool
  5. Volunteer to lend a hand
  6. Send a birthday card (or belated birthday card)
  7. Email a mentor and let her/him know how you’re applying their advice
  8. Invite a colleague to join you at an event you’re attending
  9. Fire off a congratulatory text
  10. Recommend a book
  11. Comment on a social media post
  12. Pick up the phone
  13. Wave to your neighbor (assuming you’re on friendly terms)
  14. Organize a lunch
  15. Send along an article of interest
  16. Ask how they’re doing
  17. Tag them in a social media post
  18. Donate to their cause
  19. Subscribe to and rate their podcast (if they have one)
  20. Grab coffee
  21. Take a walk
  22. Forward info to help their business grow or send along a job lead

Bonus points if you come up with 30 different ways to connect with 30 different people in your network.

And you can find Amanda Ellis Cuban’s #BYDN networking roadmap at page 158 of Build Your Dream Network.

J. Kelly Hoey

J. Kelly Hoey

Kelly Hoey is the author of Build Your Dream Network (January 2017 / Tarcher Perigee). She has been lauded from Forbes (“1 of 5 Women Changing the World of VC/Entrepreneurship”) to Fast Company (“1 of the 25 Smartest Women On Twitter”) to Business Insider (“1 of the 100 Most Influential Tech Women On Twitter”) and Inc. (1 of “10 Most Well-Connected People in New York City's Startup Scene”). Empowering A Billion Women By 2020 included her on their list of the “100 Most Influential Global Leaders Empowering Women Worldwide”. Not bad for a former corporate lawyer. She’s a limited partner in two emerging tech funds (Laconia Capital Group and Lattice Ventures) and can frequently be found on Twitter @jkhoey.