Posts tagged networking
Beyond business cards: how to become a great conversationalist

Last night I was at a work party that we were hosting - it was full of friends, family and business connections, most of whom I didn't know. While I'm an advocate of expanding your network, I personally enjoy building relationships one-on-one through mutual connections. It lends credibility by way of your shared friend and it allows both parties to engage one another without twenty interruptions from people jumping in to "say hey". Despite my personal preferences, this was the perfect position to meet some interesting people. Everyone there was friends with my boss so we instantly had something to talk about. On top of that, since we are a marketing firm, our clients come from any industry you can imagine which strengthens our network. But most of all, these were people who were genuinely interesting - people who had something to offer that wasn't industry specific.

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You are the Average of Your Friend Group

Moving back to Baton Rouge after having been away for most of four years has opened my eyes to the power of context within community. Context refers to space and environment in which your life is lived out. To illustrate, if two brothers decided to go to different schools - one to Liberty University and the other to UCLA, though they come from the same background, they're both students and they both are attending school, their context is quite different and it is highly plausible that they will return after graduation as vastly different people. The characters of a story shape the plot and the hero.

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