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Connections Fuel a Career

By February 1, 2017January 15th, 2019No Comments
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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 — 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 is a problem solver who believes that most professional challenges—whether funding, landing a board position or getting a new job—are solved by tapping into networks.Kelly is a popular speaker on networking, community building and investing issues, especially as they relate to women, and has worked with the IEEE, PGA, Bank of America, Apple and countless others. Follow Kelly on Twitter @jkhoey and on Instagram @jkellyhoey and join the #BYDN community at