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From time to time, I come across something that catches my eye and found useful and interesting, and leave it on my desk to eventually share with you.  Here’s my latest collection:

Christmas Icon Set.  If you haven’t already, it might be time to add a few festive icons to your projects or give your Christmas cards that special look.  For time being, access this site to download a free set of 24 icons that are all available in AI, PSD, EPS, PDF, SVG and PNG formats. Free Icon set >

What color is it?  is a clock that changes color based on the hex code created by the current time. It’s a very cool example of what can be done with jQuery, while also being a neat exploration into the way hex codes work.   Neat screensaver to display while away from your computer.  Color it here >

Blogging Tools Recommended by The Pros.   With all these inspiring tips and techniques, you can get the most out of your blog.  In a series of comprehensive interviews of successful bloggers by Pauline Cabrera,  you can benefit from her inquisitive questioning to derive the best of the best marketing efforts and techniques used by the pros.  If you can handle it, then get it here >

Zero Dollar Movies.  If you’re looking for free full length movies, then Zero Dollar movies provides a collection of over 15,000 movies in different languages.  You can watch the movies for free on Youtube, and indexes only full length movies and no trailers, or partial uploads.  Plus, you should have a good movie watching experience with it’s clean interface.   Free movies galore >

Send a Fax for Free.  I used to own a fax machine for years, but with newer technology, it just gathers dust.  But there are those few times when a fax machine would be handy, and driving down to a local shipping store just to send a fax can be inconvenient and expensive.  Thanks to Fax Zero,  if you reside in the US, you can send faxes to US and Canada for free.  And for a fixed pay per use cost, you can send faxes to countries outside North America.  Free Fax >

Website Terminology. A quick guide to some common terms and meanings.  Trying to get a grasp on ‘web lingo’?  Here’s an easy to access guide that should provide easy to understand explanations of the most common used words.  Web lingo >

Daily showcase of the best material design websites and apps.  Need that daily dose of pure inspiration to get your imagination in gear to forge ahead with creating the most awe inspiring website or app?  Don’t we all!  Time’s a wasting . . . get those creative juices flowing now >

So now I’ve moved these idea, tips and techniques from my desk to yours.  Hope you find something useful.  And whether you do or not, just keep smiling!

NETWORKING TO GENERATE NEW BUSINESS LEADS, PART 2

BECOMING A NETWORKING GURU

The following networking guidelines will help you gain important insight in networking effectively. According to Tim Connor, of T R Training Associates, Ann Arbor, MI., who has done extensive research in the area of effective networking, there are some basic rules you must follow if you are going to be successful in networking.

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* Learn to like yourself.   You must like yourself. Every positive relationship, including all types of networks, begins with a healthy self image.

* Make the first move.   In any encounter, someone must initiate the relationship.  And since you are the one who is interested in establishing new contacts, it is up to you to take action.

* Be willing to be vulnerable.   Very few people are willing to put themselves on the line – to be real. One of the best ways to get others to shed their costumes and masks is to drop yours first.

* Be willing to risk.   All of life involves risk. In probing a potential network for contacts, information, or common interests, there is the potential for rejection.  Just move on.

* Learn to overcome the fear of rejection.   The fear of rejection is one of the major causes of failure in selling, relationships, and business. Everyone has a fundamental need to be liked, accepted, and loved.

* Put your energy into your positive contacts.  If you think that everyone you meet likes you, you have another problem. It is unreasonable to be accepted by everyone you meet, regardless of the circumstances. Nurture those relationships where there is genuine and mutual respect, liking, and caring.

* To create a positive first impression: be – don’t act.   What do you look for in someone you meet for the first time? What qualities make you feel comfortable and create a willingness to get to know this person? Why not develop a list of all the qualities in other people you like, and then rate your self on those same qualities.

* Judge not that you might be judged.   Each of us has something to offer each other and the world. Learn to accept differences as normal. Just because the other person is not like you, it doesn’t give you the right to judge.

* Networking is not a one way street.   The desire to grow, learn, and share is the basis of all networking. But to find the areas, with each person you meet that can benefit one of you in the relationship, requires some probing, asking, and learning about each other; your needs, interests, and problems. To successfully accomplish this step requires a two-day dialogue.

* Everyone you meet knows someone you know or someone who can help.  Everyone you know knows someone that you know. It just depends on how far back you have to go to find the common contact. The chances of improving the number of common contacts increase with a few basic factors:

     – Are you in a common business or similar organization?

     – Do you operate in the same geographic area, have any common interests, similar problems or goals, or face similar opportunities? These are just a few ideas for openers.

* Listen to your world – you may learn something.   Few people really listen. We are becoming a nation of talkers. Everyone needs someone to listen to them and everyone has something worthwhile to say.

* Networking at meetings is not a numbers game.   Networking can take place anywhere; on the street, in elevators, in coffee shops, in airplanes, and in business meetings. However, some environments are more conducive to building a productive network than others. Business meetings fall into this category. Building an effective network contact takes time, respect, and interest. Too many people jump from person to person in a matter of seconds. You know who I mean. They pounce on you by saying, “Who do you know that…”, and they are gone. In my opinion, this isn’t networking, this
is rude behavior.

* Learn to separate business and social networking.   Networking at a special event can be just as productive and beneficial as at a business meeting. In a social setting, the initial networking steps should be taken establishing common ground, interests, etc. Many of the details should be discussed later by phone, or at a future non-social meeting. Learn to separate business from pleasure in this environment. The follow-up in this situation is where the bulk of information should be gained.

* Positive conversation is an ongoing give and take.   Starting a conversation can be an easy or a frightening experience. The best way I have found is to either ask an open ended positive question related to the environment or person or make a positive statement about the environment or person. Then follow it up with an open ended question requesting an opinion, feeling, or response from the other person about the environment, an activity, or situation at hand. The rest is easy.

* Business cards are a tool, but they must be used properly.   Most business cards end up in the trash. Many times people exchanging cards believe that the other person is saving their card. I always ask the other person, “Why would you like it?” I don’t do it in a smart manner; I am genuinely interested in their reason for asking. This usually starts the dialogue.

Final thoughts.   Think about all the people who you know that you met through other people. Think about all the benefits you have gained through this matrix of contacts. Positive networking is like a chain letter. You can’t just be a taker, you must be a giver, too.

Happy Networking!

You may publish or reprint this article as long as you include the following:  Written by Bruce Kullberg, owner of Kullberg Designs. Since 1991, he has offered creative web and graphic designs, mobile, web hosting and related services. For an overview of his services, please visit www.unicomsvcs.com or kullbergdesigns.com © Copyright 2014. All rights reserved.

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