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Can being connected make us more successful and can social tools help?

Posted to Gurteen Knowledge-Log by David Gurteen on 22 October 2012

 




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Can being connected make us more successful and can social tools help?
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Knowledge LetterAppears in the Gurteen Knowledge Letter issue: 148
Posted DateMonday 22 October 2012 20:58 GDT
Posted ByDavid Gurteen
Linkshttp://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2012/10/the_serendipitous_entreprene ... 
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CategoriesKnowledge Networking

Last week I held an open Knowledge Cafe at Capco in London where the theme/question of the evening was "Can being connected make us more successful and can social tools help?".

It was a good evening and I have posted a few photos on Facebook. Several people told me it was one of the best they had been too for a long time. Now I am not too sure what ingredients go to make an exceptional knowledge cafe but maybe the wine had a lot to do with it

To my mind there is no doubt that being well connected can help contribute to one's professional success. As you will be aware, I am a prolific networker as I have learnt over the years that this is where I not only get my best ideas and insights but also where pretty much all of my work comes from. I connect with people through the web and social media but more importantly at conferences and my open knowledge cafes face to face.

This recent article Never Say No to Networking by Kathryn Minshew sums it all up for me and in particular this passage:

I can't tell you the number of times I've gone to an event and exchanged a few warm sentences with someone I haven't connected with in a while only to hear from them a few days later: "This opportunity to speak / present / fundraise / partner / win an award crossed my desk, and I thought of you." Why did they think of me? Because I'm a good fit for the opportunity, and they saw me yesterday.



What do you think? Can being connected make us more successful and can social tools help? You can join the conversation at my on-line LinkedIn Gurteen Knowledge Cafe Forum.




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