Weekend Watching: 4 Videos on How to Grow Your Network

July 5, 2013

5:00 pm

If you plan on working this 4th of July weekend instead of heading out for some smoky barbecue in the great outdoors, we’d kindly ask you to think again – or, at least, think differently.

One of the types of “work” that so many entrepreneurs undervalue is networking – perhaps because it’s associated with stiff handshakes and business card exchanges. But, according to the experts below, networking is more about building relationships and genuine connection. And that happens to be consistent with spending your weekend outside the office, having good conversations and a few laughs.

I’m no fan of networking, but all these videos convinced me that I might be mistaken.

Laura Fitton’s 4 Rules for Networking

With over 100,000 Twitter followers, Fitton says she’s kind of like Elle Woods from Legally Blonde. Listen to her top networking tips and why you might be doing it wrong.

Scott Case on Sex, Gambling, Luck, and Growing Your Network

Case shares some anecdotes from his personal life to show how you get lucky when you have the right relationships – and why many founders don’t focus enough on them.

Zvi Band of Contactually Shares How to Increase Your Luck Surface Area

Band explains why increasing your network opens up lots of opportunities you might not expect.

The New Art of Launching with Tony Conrad of About.me

Conrad talks about growing About.me by building relationships with social influencers.

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Kira M. Newman is a Tech Cocktail writer interested in the harsh reality of entrepreneurship, work-life balance, and psychology. She is the founder of The Year of Happy and has been traveling around the world interviewing entrepreneurs in Asia, Europe, and North America since 2011. Follow her @kiramnewman or contact kira@tech.co.

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