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Forget Networking. How to Be a Connector

Forget Networking. How to Be a Connector
Connector Josh Bycel raised $50,000 in three weeks to fund a medical clinic at a refugee camp in Darfur. We all know people like them, people who seem to know everyone. They're always able to help -- or if they can't, they know someone who can. You meet them for the first time and in 15 minutes, you're talking with them like you're childhood friends. They're successful, smart and funny, with a likable touch of self-deprecation. And they're interested in everything. Who are they? "I like people and am genuinely curious," says Banikarim, 42. Related: 12 Tips for Trading Places in 2012 As Gladwell writes, "sprinkled among every walk of life . . . are a handful of people with a truly extraordinary knack of making friends and acquaintances. Traits such as energy, insatiable curiosity and a willingness to take chances seem to be the common thread among connectors -- as well as an insistence that connecting is not the same as networking. Related: Top Workplace Trend for 2012 "I'm a comedy writer.

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Make a Good Impression in 30 Seconds - Ron Ashkenas by Ron Ashkenas | 12:52 PM February 6, 2012 This post was co-authored with Holly Newman. Here in the U.S., the Super Bowl this weekend showed us the power of 30-second advertisements, and how influential they can be in promoting a company’s awareness. But how often do we craft our own 30-second spots with audiences that we want to influence? Most of us are not in the business of making TV commercials, but in conversations there is almost always a 30-second moment that can make the meeting memorable. Become Enchanted! Guy Kawasaki is the co-founder of, an “online magazine rack” of popular topics on the web, and a founding partner at Garage Technology Ventures. Previously, he was the chief evangelist of Apple. Kawasaki is the author of ten books including Enchantment, Reality Check, The Art of the Start, Rules for Revolutionaries, How to Drive Your Competition Crazy, Selling the Dream, and The Macintosh Way. Kawasaki has a BA from Stanford University and an MBA from UCLA as well as an honorary doctorate from Babson College. Cindy Romaine, SLA President 2011, caught up with Guy at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show, where he was talking about his new book Enchantment: the Art of Changing Hearts, Minds and Actions. The ideas he brings forward in the book seem particularly relevant for information professionals right now.

Are Partnerships the New Mergers? April 30, 2011; Times Union | Last week NPQ published a newswire about a new fund in Massachusetts that is designed to promote partnership between agencies – again, partnerships and not necessarily mergers. This article (linked to above) from Schenectady, N.Y. provides another example of what people are intending in crafting such relationships. Parsons Child & Family Services and Northeast Parent & Child Society have a number of similarities. Schnurman: 12 tips for successful networking Networking is a seminal skill for many careers. In the past, networking meant meeting people face to face at chamber of commerce, industry and other social/business events. Technology has changed that and today we network via LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and other social networking sites. Those sites are fabulous, but nothing can replace human interaction.

5 Lonely Google Applications For Competitive Intelligence While going through my news screening dashboard last week, I stumbled on the recent findings by Mineria , which conducted a study on how Google search applications are being used by information users. A presentation of the methodology that was used and results can be found on Slideshare. (Please see: “ Google Tools for Competitive Intelligence “) In short, it was discovered that the five most important tools for competitive intelligence are:

How Networked Nonprofits Visualize Their Networks Photo Tweeted by @starfocus during a network mapping session at NWF Two weeks ago, the social media maven from the National Wildlife Federation, Danielle Brigida, tweeted the above photo showing how they were mapping one of their networks with one of my favorite low tech tools: sticky notes. This got my attention because I was designing a Networked Nonprofit workshop for E-Mediat and will incorporate a network mapping exercise. Creating Strategies: The Art of Listening The ability and need to communicate touches every area of our lives. Everything we do in life requires communication with others. Just try to not communicate at work for a day or in your business transactions and see what happens. Refuse to communicate in your personal relationships and see what kind of interesting results you'll create. Much of communication theory focuses on how to speak to others and how to convey your message. But, communication is really a two-way process.

‘An absolute prerequisite’: The importance of user privacy and trust in maintaining academic freedom at the library This research investigated the importance of user—library trust in ensuring vital freedom of inquiry in academic libraries, exploring its strength through comparison with attitudes towards the National Identity Card Scheme (NICS) within the various libraries of a large UK university. An online survey of students and interviews with librarians revealed student opposition to the NICS and distrust of the government. Measurement of pre-existing privacy opinions linked opposition to NICS with concerns about privacy. Students were confident in library data protection practices, although surprising discrepancies existed between user perceptions and library practices. Libraries successfully protected personal data from intrusion, but showed a certain complacency and reluctance to prioritize data protection that may be ill-advised given a climate of increasing surveillance. © The Author(s) 2010

Database Links Giving with Need January 2, 2011; The Day | The Connecticut Council for Philanthropy has always viewed itself as a nexus between foundations and nonprofits, a mechanism for connecting the state's nonprofits to the surprisingly small list of foundations in an otherwise comparatively wealthy state. The Council continues to fill that role by releasing its annual wish list of nonprofit needs that foundations – and charitable donors – might help fill. The Council’s Ways to Share database allows online searches by nonprofit name (242 nonprofits are listed), location, or interest area.