April 14, 2010
I haven’t done many video interviews for websites so far (the main reason is that they are very time consuming), but when Ivan Rapin-Smith from MySoloBusiness.com asked me I could’nt say no.
Not because of his charming looks :-), but because he wanted to interview me about my passion: helping other people to succeed in life.
What was planned to be an interview of 10 minutes turned out to be one of 27 minutes (I told you they are time consuming :-)), but I gladly shared how I started my business, how people get more successful using LinkedIn and how to become successful as a solo entrepreneur (that’s how I started myself).
The interview is cut into three pieces, so you can choose yourself which part(s) you would like to watch.
PS: click the links to get a free light version of “How to REALLY use LinkedIn” and free updates of the book (or “Hoe LinkedIn nu ECHT gebruiken” in Dutch)
August 1, 2009
A few months after LinkedIn introduced applications, Xing now also offers them.
Most of them are the same, which makes sense since most applications are good tools that support business (net)working and collaborating.
Two of my favorite applications are the links with SlideShare and MindMeister. They don’t only offer the possibility to share information in a different and intuitive way, but they are also great for SEO (Search Engine Optimalisation).
They are simple to add, both on LinkedIn and Xing.
Just invest 10 minutes of your time (more of course if you still have to create good slideshows and mindmaps) and in two days you will see what I mean.
To your success !
February 28, 2009
Today a quick blog post to let you know that a FREE light version of my new book How to REALLY use LinkedIn is now available.
For Dutch speaking people: gratis light versie van boek Hoe LinkedIn nu ECHT gebruiken is beschikbaar.
Also sign up for the free webinars on March 9 (Dutch) and March 10 (English) via the same website.
The book itself will be released on March 17. On that day we do a special launch action (English) / speciale lanceringsactie (Dutch).
Have a great networking week !
Jan Vermeiren, founder of Networking Coach
September 13, 2008
I have been writing a few blog posts about the NSA convention and the things I learned there. This is another one 🙂
It’s something I learned from Christine Comaford-Lynch and which she also mentions in her book “Rules for Renegades“.
She calls it “Rolodex Dipping“.
This is how she describes it in the book:
“This is a fun practice when you want to connect with someone but aren’t sure who. Flip through your contact database until you find a name that makes you smile. Then call that person up just to see how he or she is. Your contact will be surprised and delighted.”
Note: if you don’t know what a Rolodex is: it is a simple system to store business cards. Not in a box, but kind of a wheel. Google it if you want to see the picture 🙂
As you could already read in a previous blog post I am an advocate of storing your contact details electronically as well.
For me this “Rolodex Dipping” works also in other ways. If I’m stuck with a project or want to have new ideas, just going through my contacts always helps. Sometimes in strange ways: by reading a name I come up with things that have totally nothing to do with hem or her.
I don’t know the psychological explanation for this (if you do, please post this so I can learn :-)), but the result is there and that’s what matters.
I have a small assignment for you: do some Rolodex, Outlook or other contact database dipping for a few minutes and see what idea comes into your mind or which person stands out from the rest. Act upon the idea you get or call that person and see what happens.
Have a great networking day !
Founder of Networking Coach