Monthly Archives: January, 2009

Network with confidence

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During a recent presentation I gave on career advancement strategies, I emphasized the importance of explaining to networking contacts, mentors and advisers what you would like them to do for you. My rationale: You probably won’t get what you don’t ask for. An attendee, who described himself as shy and uncomfortable asking others for help, asked: “How can I lose my networking inhibitions?” I explained that most professionals — no matter how successful — would probably enjoy advising him because: *Mentoring invariably provides opportunities for mentors to talk about their favorite topic — themselves. *Most professionals feel virtuous helping other…