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The Richest People Build

By July 25, 2018January 17th, 2019No Comments
J. Kelly Hoey - Build Your Dream Network

“The richest people in the world look for and build networks, everyone else looks for work.” Robert Kiyosaki

Richest. Happiest. Most successful. Sustained, fulfilled, impactful — you name it, those people have networks (aka community, connections, authentic and meaningful relationships). Building relationships (just like being happy) is something you can work on (daily, consistently). It’s a muscle. And a mindset. And oh, very much a career success tool.

So when should you start building your network? Yesterday. Last Year. Well before now — if NOW means you desperately need a network.

A few networking lessons for those last to the Build Your Dream party:

  1. Stay connected. Focus on thoughtful instead of “ask for a coffee date” contact.
  2. Get in the know and connect it to what someone you met cares about.
  3. Find the missing link. Think beyond your existing network and sources of information.
  4. Stay focused and share your goals and aspirations without asking for anything in return.
  5. Bundle up and get out there. Emails and calls are nice however! nothing beats a face to face meeting.
  6. Listen well — in meetings and online.
  7. Show up. And when you can’t show up, deliver a thoughtful, timely, considerate “I can’t attend” (as how you do that says as much about you as showing up).
  8. Focus on what you can do for the other person — without any expectation of return benefit.

It’s all about people. It’s about networking and being nice to people and not burning any bridges.” — Mike Davidson

If you need more network building tips, I’ve got them in #BYDN.

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