If you don’t ask, the answer is always “no.”  Wouln’t “yes” be nice?

I love asking people for their advice.  I even enjoying asking for favors, introductions to contacts, and a positive referral.

I like asking because often I am making the request on behalf of another person.  It’s so easy when it’s not about me; it’s about somebody else!

Here are some ways that I connect with my network:

  • I find out about a volunteer opportunity; I pass on the information to someone who may be interested.
  • Someone tells me about a job opening; I recommend a contact.
  • An individual speaks passionately about a specific social issue; I point them to the relevant nonprofits in that field.
  • I think two people would benefit from knowing each other; I make an e-introduction just because.
  • I’m brainstorming for a new project; I ask others for their feedback.

Are you asking, connecting, and giving to your contacts?  That’s how you build a robust network!  If you don’t ask, the answer is always no.

How do you cultivate and engage your network of professional contacts?  Please leave a comment with a sample of your strategies!

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