Sam Lark Jr en Thinking & Life skills (Learn, know, grow), Marketing and Communications, Creative and Media Professionals Customer Success Manager • Main Street Hub 14/10/2016 · 1 min de lectura · 1,0K

How To Add Value To Your Network: Make Introductions

How To Add Value To Your Network: Make IntroductionsWhile networking on social media, you've connected with multiple people. In my opinion, your goal should be to turn these "connections" into "relationships." One way to do this is by being a connector. 

When you see that two of your colleagues can mutually benefit from knowing each other, send them an introduction email. It's a thoughtful gesture that will show your colleagues how valuable it is to be linked to you. 

Here's an example of an introduction email I recently sent:

Subject: Introduction + Rod Colon + Eric Tung

Good Afternoon,

Rod, I want to introduce you to Eric T Tung. He's a Social Media Strategist that's currently looking for his next opportunity. He's considering doing consulting for companies like Spredfast, Salesforce & Sprinklr. In addition, he's thinking of offering social media coaching. He's weighing his options at this time. Thus, I thought to introduce him to you. I know you enjoy connecting people to people.

Here's a link to his profile:

www.linkedin.com/in/ericttung

Eric, Rod Colon is a Master Networker, and Executive Coach. He adds immense value to his connections. His "densely" populated network is full of professionals from diverse industries, various career levels, and multiple locations. Rod has a wealth of archived discussion topics, as well as an online radio show where you are free to call in and ask questions. Additionally, he has a discussion group on LinkedIn, where Rod and his network provide relevant advice for any career question posed. I believe Rod would be a beneficial connection to have.

Here's a link to his profile:

www.linkedin.com/in/rodcolon/en

I believe a mutually beneficial connection can be made between the two of you.

Best Regards,

Sam P. Lark, Jr

As you can see above, briefly state who the person is, what they do (or need), how they would benefit from being connected and include their LinkedIn profile. Doing this will help you go from just being "connected" to starting to develop a trusting professional "relationship" that adds value.  

Do you have any stories of being introduced or making an introduction? I'd love to hear about them in the comments section below. 

About the author...

Sam is passionate about helping others achieve their goals. As he networks, his question is, "how can I help your vision come to fruition?" Employing the philosophy of networking to help others first, Sam has earned a place of high esteem among his colleagues. He enjoys building mutually beneficial relationships with new and interesting people from all over the world.

Contact at Sam.P.Lark.Jr@gmail.com

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Karin Sebelin 7/11/2016 · #5

Great article ... indeed it is not about collecting "people" (contacts) ...

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Aurorasa Sima 31/10/2016 · #4

Good post! Too many "networkers" are collectors. The worth of your network is what they do for you and what you do for them.

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Tony Rossi 31/10/2016 · #3

Always add more value than you expect in return on the front end. It absolutely pays off in the long run, but it's also about being a good human.

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Maureen McCann 28/10/2016 · #2

Sam, I love that you wrote about this topic and gave your hive the tools to be able to do this themselves.
This week I had the opportunity to introduce a number of people to one another using the strategy you used in the above example. Connecting professionals to one another can have mutual benefit for the two people you are connecting, and for you, the connector.
When you can demonstrate a willingness and an openness to bring people together, you signal to others that you see the potential and opportunity in connecting others.
To use an example from my line of work: When a job seeker turns down a job but recommends a qualified professional instead, that job seeker connects the two and if there's a match, has helped both secure their separate needs. (Even if there isn't a match, both appreciate the good will). If there is a match, the employer has found someone to fill their need and the job seeker has a job. Now both feel very positive about the connector and chances are good, they'll look for ways to help return the favor.

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Wayne Yoshida 27/10/2016 · #1

Thanks Sam -- you put the Networking part into our Networks!

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