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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 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