Make the Right Connections

By February 16, 2017January 28th, 2019No Comments
J. Kelly Hoey - Build Your Dream Network

Remember that goal or resolution you set back in January…have you gained momentum by connecting it to the right people in your network?

Pause your reading for a minute if you need to think about who you’ve been asking for help with your goals this year…

And let me provide you with an example from my own networked career. I was approached a number of years ago by a New York City based not-for-profit to join the benefit committee for their annual fundraiser. As I share in #BYDN:

When a not-for-profit in the arts-in-education space asked me to join its benefit committee, I mailed out just five invitations to the event — as I knew five people in my network cared deeply about this issue. To mail any additional invitations would have been spam and a waste of stamps.

You don’t need to know a lot of people –you simply need to connect your goal to the people who can help, as in really help you.

For the not-for-profit, the best connections I could make were to people who cared about their cause. And my guess (correctly) is those people knew more people who cared about it too.

Who have you talked to about your goal or project or idea (and who else should you be talking to)?

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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.