You Can Tell a lot from a Person’s Handshake

September 20, 2011 by · 17 Comments
Filed under: Culture and Diversity, Networking, Relationships 

Handshake B You Can Tell a lot from a Person’s HandshakeThis is prob­a­bly a topic that has been beaten down so much that I’m almost embar­rassed to write about it. But I can’t help it. You can tell a lot about a per­son from the way they shake hands with you. Whether they intend to let you know or not.  How can that be? How do you know if the per­son doesn’t have a weak hand or some other med­ical con­di­tion pre­vent­ing them from doing any other type of hand­shake other than as though you are shak­ing hands with a piece of tis­sue paper? Or maybe the per­son does not know their own strength (which is why I can’t feel my hand for a few min­utes after I shake it with him)? How can you really tell a lot about a per­son by the way they shake hands with you? Read on and I’ll share some thoughts on that very topic… Read more

Let’s Do Lunch! (…You Call Me)

August 2, 2011 by · 6 Comments
Filed under: Networking, Relationships 

LetsDoLunch Lets Do Lunch! (...You Call Me)Some­times you have to choose between stay­ing in touch with a per­son and rarely ever con­nect­ing. There are many peo­ple I’ve met who will say, “Let’s get together for lunch or cof­fee”. Maybe even meet up on a Fri­day or a Sat­ur­day night at a regional club or restau­rant. What’s funny though about some of these peo­ple is that unless you call them, you never hear from them. Oh, they do respond to an email, text or phone call. But unless you’re the one ini­ti­at­ing the con­nec­tion, a long time will go by with­out an ounce of evi­dence that they even know you. What’s Read more

The Anti-Networking Process of the Five B’s

Networking Wrong 256x300 The Anti Networking Process of the Five B’sNet­work­ing or Anti-Networking, which one should you do? It all depends upon the results you want.  Burn­ing Bridges Before Being Built is also known as the “Anti-networking process of the 5B’s”and it seems to be affect­ing more and more peo­ple today than ever before.  Ok, I don’t have any sci­en­tific study that would sub­stan­ti­ate my last state­ment, but it seems like that recently with some individuals. 

Anti-networking is exactly as it sounds. It’s what peo­ple do when­ever they want to break­down or destroy their net­work. The biggest irony is that most, if not all, peo­ple who do anti-networking are not aware that they are doing it. Some­times they believe they are actu­ally net­work­ing rather than anti-networking. Go Read more

Winning Friends and Influencing People

November 8, 2010 by · 4 Comments
Filed under: Networking, Relationships 

WinFriends1 Winning Friends and Influencing PeopleIt’s inter­est­ing how many peo­ple out there want to rewrite the rules in life. They want to rewrite them so that it fits their cho­sen lifestyle. Some even say, “I play by my rules”. Have you ever heard any­one say that? One can say that’s a coura­geous atti­tude to take. Oth­ers may say that’s a very unre­al­is­tic, even child­ish atti­tude to take. It’s OK to make your own rules, just be pre­pared for when the rest of the world con­fronts you about them (and doesn’t agree). Some rules of life are rules that can­not be changed or altered. Why? Because peo­ple are people!

One of my favorite books is Dale Carnegie’s “How to Win Friends and Influ­ence Peo­ple”. It’s prob­a­bly one of the most read books when it comes to the art of rela­tion­ship build­ing. If you’re a per­son who truly wants to learn about under­stand­ing peo­ple (as well as your­self) bet­ter, then this is a book that I highly rec­om­mend. I peri­od­i­cally re-read this book in order to not become rusty on the teach­ings it pro­vides. Here are a few golden nuggets Read more

How Do You Wish to be Treated?

November 2, 2010 by · 1 Comment
Filed under: Networking 

Arrogant2 261x300 How Do You Wish to be Treated?Last evening I was for­tu­nate enough to be with a large gath­er­ing of friends and acquain­tances for an after work social. It was a truly enjoy­able event such as most socials can be. Unfor­tu­nately, it never ceases to amaze me how every now and then there is a per­son in such a crowd who (giv­ing them the ben­e­fit of the doubt) doesn’t real­ize that they are com­ing off as hav­ing a “holier than thou” type atti­tude. Why am I men­tion­ing this? I’m men­tion­ing this because I ran into such a per­son last night. The rea­son I use such a term to describe this per­son is because when I said hello to a friend of mine who I hadn’t seen in a long time, the per­son next to him stopped talk­ing with the per­son he was speak­ing with and with­out really look­ing at me (not look­ing at me in the eye as would be the polite thing to do when meet­ing some­one but look­ing past me) said, “Well, hello Gil” in a some­what patron­iz­ing tone. After he said this to me, he pro­ceeded to Read more

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