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Networking Reputation Killers

By November 22, 2019July 6th, 2020No Comments
Build Your Dream NetworkJ. Kelly Hoey - Build Your Dream Network

Failing to follow up and follow through are two of the biggest reputation killers out there. With just a little networking know-how, you can ensure your credibility (along with your  social capital) stays intact.

When Kelly is asked “what’s the biggest networking mistake?”, her answer is not the failure to bring business cards to a mixer or having an incomplete LinkedIn profile. As bad as those networking errors are, the biggest mistake in her mind is the failure to follow-up. When we fail to follow-up our networking efforts are incomplete. Failing to follow-up is leaving opportunities off the table. It’s a readily fixable networking faux pas.

In this episode of the Build Your Dream Network podcast, Kelly discusses why failing to follow-up is such a massive networking failure – as well as another networking no-no: failing to follow-through. As always, some practical guidance to get your follow-up back on track (because it is never too late to correct a mistake).

Key takeaways:

  • Following up must go further than the initial expression of gratitude.
  • Failing to follow through will slowly shrink your network.

What to listen for:

00:39    What are the two major reputation killers?

01:29    The secret to following up

04:09    The consequences of failing to follow through

06:05    Strategies you can do right now to exterminate reputation killers


“People who are mentors or connectors in your network like to know if the introduction or referral they made was useful.” [02:51]

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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