Recently a member started a new discussion asking for input on the question "How do you do e-Networking?. The member is preparing for a presentation on the subject.
Nancy replied with what I thought was great advice. I like the idea of having 3 tiers and visualizing your network. The text below came form this post.
First, from a software standpoint, check out Cynthia Typaldo's WebCommunities emailing list. She has be posting A LOT on this recently
then... my brainstormlets
- Three levels. Core, inner and outer. Have a strategy to keep a line of sight to each of these parts of my network.
- Core: IM, EMail, phone. Know what they are interested in. If you see something related, send them the link. Be a source - electronic communication makes that easy.
- INner: regular letting them know what I'm doing (e newsletters, postings on my website), invites to events you are at, visits when you are passing through
- Outer - use social networking web tools (Ryze, LinkedIn, etc), publish, speak at events, respond to weblog postings when there is a comment feature. Be visible with thoughtful content. Answer random emails.
- think about the three levels of your network. Draw a picture. Visualize it. Where is it strong? Where are their gaps, what are the interesting outer fringes. Make a plan to explore the fringes or fill the gaps. The visualization is important to me. Can use tools or a pen and paper. Huminity, mindmanager, the brain, etc.
Thanks to Nancy for permission to use her words...