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Connections Fuel a Career

By February 1, 2017January 15th, 2019No Comments
J. Kelly Hoey - Build Your Dream Network

BOOM! If you haven’t picked up and started reading #BYDN (yet) here’s what I share upfront (page 3 to be exact):

Each career move and opportunity has come about as the result of a connection — that is, as the result of a real, human, and personal relationship, versus random acts of strangers or help-wanted ads or algorithms…

The people in my network opened doors at critical junctures in my career because I’d already established relationships with them, so they knew what I was capable of achieving. Having a network altered not only my career path but also my perspective on what I could be and, more important, the power I had to do the same for someone else.

So the big question this month…How are you going to connect and show your network how much you love, appreciate and value them? A few thoughtful (easy) ideas:

  • Thank a mentor for timely advice.
  • RSVP for a friend’s meet-up you’ve been meaning to attend — and show up early!
  • RT a follower’s 140 characters of inspiration.
  • Champion a colleague’s POV at the next department meeting.
  • Take a conversation off instant messaging and into real life.

Love It! #BYDN found its way onto Vogue.com — check out “Little Tricks, Big Job: The New Ways to Network”.

Interested in planning a #BYDN network book event with me? Fire me an email or tweet — and let’s connect to get it on the calendar.

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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.