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Rather Than Networking, Think About Being Of Service

By March 22, 2018 January 21st, 2019 No Comments

What value can you provide to benefit someone else?

I have a #BYDN challenge for you: Instead of wondering how to go about “networking” give some consideration to how you can be of service.

  • Hold the door open for a colleague? Volunteer information? Stop to talk with your neighbor? Recommend or send a business referral? Provide timely feedback? Proofread a resume? Listen to an elevator pitch? Role play a job interview? Speak up for someone, save them a seat or step aside so they can take the lead?
  • It doesn’t have to be a grand gesture, a small random, unexpected act of service will do.
  • What act, action, acknowledgment, assistance, advice, courtesy, favor, gesture, guidance, indulgence, mentorship — the list of no-sweat possibilities you can take on, goes on — the choice of how to be of service is entirely up to you.
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.