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Connections Not Contacts Tips

Recently I was interviewed by Rich Steelman of e-Motion Mktg to share some tips on how to make better connections instead of contacts. I’m planning my next book around this topic, and this interview gives some insights into my thinking on it.

If you have a few minutes, I’d love it if you took the time watch and listen to the video and let me know what you think of the content in the comments on the article. If you’re reading this via e-mail, would you mind clicking on the headline and sharing your $.02?

Direct link to Connections Not Contacts video on YouTube

Thanks a bunch for your assistance and support!

3 Questions to Make 2011 Your Best Year Ever

I’m planning to make 2011 my best year ever. I’m making it my year of connections and of producing more great stuff instead of just having great ideas and not executing on many.

As I start the year, I thought of 3 questions that will help me make this my best year ever. I hope they help you too!

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  • Who do I need to connect with? There are so many people I’ve encountered over the past 15 years, some I’ve lost touch with and some I’ve kept in good contact with. I’ll also be meeting a ton of new people this year as I travel around the world speaking at companies and conferences and continue to work in the online world. It’s important for me to think about the types of people I need to connect with, in addition to the actual people I’ll connect to.
  • What do I need to learn and/or unlearn? I’ve read a ton of books, and still subscribe to 1100 or so blogs via RSS (you can see what I share via Google Reader if you’re interested), and I have a TON more books in my office than I could ever hope to finish reading. I’ve learned a lot over the years, and I know there’s a lot more I have yet to learn. I also need to think about some habits I need to unlearn, from being in corporate America for the last 15+ years. I’ll share some of these insights with you as I find them, and I know there’s more to running my own business than I know right now.
  • What do I need to share and with whom do I need to share it? This is one of my favorite questions, but yet it’s one I have a very hard time answering. to answer this best, I need to focus on what I am good at that other people need to know, and think about who can best benefit from my knowledge.

Answering those 3 questions can help make 2011 your best year ever. I hope they help you as you look at this being your best year ever.

What questions are YOU using to focus your efforts in 2011?

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3 Ways to Connect [video]

A few weeks ago I had the privilege of spending 2 days with the fine folks at 800-CEO-Read and 20 other outstanding individuals at their Author Pow Wow. If you’re an author, you really need to attend this next year.

After the event was over, we got a chance to hang out at the 8CR headquarters and shoot a 5 minute video about our big idea to change the world.  Something I’ve learned is the importance of getting connected with your world, instead of just contacting as many people as you can.

What follows are my 3 tips for getting connected, in a 4 minute video. I hope it’s helpful for you.

If you don’t see the video, you can go directly to it here.

Question for you: What is YOUR best tip for connecting with folks? Please leave your insights in the comments box below. Thanks!