Back in 1999 when Harvey MacKay wrote “Dig Your Well Before You’re Thirsty”, LinkedIn wasn’t even around. Today’s it’s the #1 Business Networking Tool for Professionals.
I recently picked up a copy of MacKay’s book and wanted to share with you 5 of his time tested networking tips for success that I think we can apply to your presence on LinkedIn today.
- People aren’t strangers if you’ve already met them. The trick is to meet them before you need their help.
- When two people exchange dollar bills, each has only one dollar. When two people exchange networks, they each have two networks
- Out of sight doesn’t have to mean out of mind. People drop out of signt for reasons, usually the wrong reasons -job loss, illness, divorce. Don’t let them get too far.
- In a world where information, jobs, and even whole companies are transient, only your network is permanent. Safeguard it.
- I don’t know what I’ll be doing a year from now, but whatever it is undoubtedly will be based on the contacts I made today.
How much time are you devoting to building and maintaining your LinkedIn network?
Are you making sure that your well is dug before you are thirsty?