Tag Archives: Networking

Overcoming one of the Biggest Barriers in Networking

“This person doesn’t benefit me.”  “I’m not getting any business.”  Have you ever said, or thought, either of these things about a networking event or while involved in a business organization? It’s not the first time I’ve heard them, which is why they merit a mention here. When you say these things out loud or … Continue Reading

“Authenticity” Might be Cliche, but it’s Essential to Building Client Relationships

“Authenticity” has become a dirty word. It’s right up there with some of the other most hated buzzwords and phrases – “at the end of the day,” “thinking outside of the box,” “synergy,” “value add,” “circle back,” “bandwidth.” Are you cringing yet? But even though the word “authenticity” might make your skin crawl, it’s actually … Continue Reading

Who’s Building Your Client Relationships Today?

The idea that you would be so busy, that you’d send your assistant or an associate in your place to a client meeting, wearing a mask of your face and pretending to be you, is ludicrous, right? But we build relationships online via proxy all the time. And not just with potential clients, but with … Continue Reading

Ugh…Why Keep Talking About Networking?

When I did a search back on Zen to see what else we’ve discussed about networking, the results revealed that it’s…a lot. We’ve covered everything from networking for introverts, to conference networking, to social networking, to networking for people who hate networking, and more. So why do we keep talking about it, over and over … Continue Reading

5 Tips to Build Relationships TODAY

Today marks the start of International Networking Week, and as you can imagine, that’s something we at the International Lawyers Network are pretty excited and passionate about. We’ve sent out a challenge to our membership to increase their own networks by reaching out to someone that they don’t know well to deepen that relationship, and … Continue Reading

To Build Relationships, You Have to Show Up

In a couple of weeks, I’ll be attending CLOC’s first EMEA Institute in London, which has me revisiting some best practices on building relationships and networking. When I attended my first CLOC conference in April, I found an exceptionally passionate and enthusiastic group of legal professionals that straddled the legal ecosphere. Bearing that in mind, … Continue Reading

Five Easy Tips to Network Like a Boss

We’ve talked extensively on Zen about how to make the most out of conference attendance and networking. But with the ILN’s European Regional Conference coming up next week, it’s at the forefront of my mind! Before we jump in, I’d like to point out that I think the word “networking” can get a bit of … Continue Reading

Build Relationship Equity First

Raise your hand if you’ve received an overly friendly email from a stranger, asking you for a favor. Everyone? I thought so. Why do these bug us so much? Aside from the fact that we’re busy enough trying to do our own work, balanced with some personal time, and fitting in helping out people we … Continue Reading

Two Easy Tips to Power Network Like a Pro

How can we network better? Many posts offer the same tips, spun in a different way – and that’s important, because I can always get something out of implementing the tried and true.  But when I find something unique, I’m always happy to share it. Recently, I came across this piece from Branding Magazine, with “5 Tips … Continue Reading

Lawyers: Everything You Know About Networking is Wrong

“Don’t talk to people you know.” “Follow up immediately.” “Meet as many new people as possible.” “Jump into social media.” Is any of this sounding familiar to you? As you head off to yet another networking event or conference, is someone admonishing you not to spend time with the people you know, but to get … Continue Reading

Build Your Dream Network: A Book Review

Avid readers of Zen will know that one of my favorite topics is networking. So I was immediately drawn to read J. Kelly Hoey‘s new book, Build Your Dream Network: Forging Powerful Relationships in a Hyper-Connected World, when Mark Beese recommended it in his latest newsletter. I’ve been following Kelly since the early days of … Continue Reading

Holiday Networking is Coming.

The end of this week marks the beginning of December, and we all know what that means… Holiday party invitations are coming.  For introverts like me, holiday parties are probably not high on your list of exciting December “to dos” – it’s not that we don’t love them; it’s just that they’re rather exhausting. Extroverts may … Continue Reading

Networking Tip: Find Your Niche

Let’s face it: networking can be hard. Unless you’re someone who thrives on meeting other people (and many of us don’t, including yours truly), networking is something that we consider to be a chore, albeit a necessary one. So why not pair it with something that you already like doing? For example, I’ve been a … Continue Reading

The Value of Conference Networking

Next week, I’m heading to Tokyo for our Asia Pacific Regional Conference, and the following week, I’ll be off to Austin for the Legal Marketing Association’s Annual Meeting (and yes, I’m running my half-marathon in between those two, in a city that is not my home). Because of this, I’ve got conference networking on the … Continue Reading

Happy 7th Blogiversary to Zen & the Art of Legal Networking!

Although it’s officially tomorrow, I thought I’d use today to mark Zen & the Art of Legal Networking’s SEVENTH “blogiversary.” It’s hard to believe that it’s been seven years since I started blogging, and even more, that I’m still enjoying it. Here’s a roundup of the anniversary posts that I’ve done: Two Years Four Years Five … Continue Reading

Networking Matters For A Long-Term Legal Career

One of the things we like to talk about here at Zen is networking, so today, I’m bringing in guest blogger, Thom Singer, to offer you some words of advice while I’m off doing some networking of my own (as well as learning) at this month’s Legal Marketing Association NJ lunch! *** If you make … Continue Reading

Two Content Marketing Resolutions for 2016

Although we’re well into 2016 now, it’s not too late to make some resolutions for your content marketing. I came across this Forbes article from the end of last year with 6 Content Marketing New Year’s Resolutions to Make This Year, and there is some great food for thought in there that I’d like us … Continue Reading

Networking Hacks from Undergrads

Although you may be expecting our final Two for Tuesdays post of the year to focus on content marketing, I’m actually going to take a surprising break from that today in favor of sharing with you a couple of networking tips instead (try not to fall over in shock). This time of year is perfect … Continue Reading

7 REASONS NETWORKING IS DEAD – OR SHOULD BE

Today, I’m bringing you another post from Group Dewey Consulting while I’m traveling for our Regional Meeting of the Americas. This post looks at why the idea of connecting is better than that of networking: *** I’m not a big fan of ‘networking’ -that rite of passage for every professional with aspirations of career changes, promotions … Continue Reading

Networking SUCKS. Now what?

My mom hates the word “sucks,” but I’m using it in my title for effect – “what, Lindsay thinks networking sucks?” Sure, sometimes. And I’m sure everyone else does too. Who doesn’t get fed up with all of the things we’re “supposed” to be doing every once in a while? We go to events, and … Continue Reading
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