It has been said it is not about what you know but who you know however better stated it is about who the people you know, know.

I have long said you should maintain contact even if it is peripheral contact with those people you have known (school, hobbies, volunteer work) or have worked and done deals with in the past. Social networks are ideal for this type of light interactions which allow you to maintain warm contact.

However, the time comes when one desires or has the need to make an introduction of two of their contacts.

Not all…


You approach a networking event and at the door a gentleman stands and ask you, “first or second degree”.

You are not sure you know what he is asking so you ask him to clarify.

He explains there are two rooms for networking. One is all about first-degree networking and is full of 100 people who are only interested in connecting with the other people in the room. In the other room contains 20 people who are interested in who they know and who you know who might be of aid to one another.

My 12 years of hosting and…


A member of my Los Angeles based networking dinner group ExecTec and I were chatting the other day about managing one’s networks. They were concerned that they had devalued the usability of one of the online tools they were using because they had over connected with people.

This got me thinking about my theory of networking circles. In short, one needs to decide which networking tools one wants to use and for which purpose.

For some, Linkedin lends itself to professional and trusted networking while Facebook lends itself to a more socially/friendly crowd of school friends. …


Years ago, a new contact of mine wrote the following in an email, “One of my favorite activities is extending a helping hand to new friends and colleagues. Please let me know where I can help you in your business or networking efforts.”

We were not well connected we barely knew each other however the offer above is one of my favorite examples of lean forward networking.

Today the social media crowd calls it participating. Participating is obviously not lurking and never saying anything, but it is also not broadcasting. …


Time is the great excuse in that we all often say that if we only had more time we would have {insert item not achieved here}.

It is critical to remember we are not the masters of time and at best we may be connoisseurs of it. We can express in terms of time, we can relish time and more often acutely feel the lack of time or a lack of ability to control our time.

Push come to shove we can calculate a vast array of details to conclude how much time is needed to complete minor everyday things…


Originally published at www.linkedin.com.

It has been said it is not about what you know but who you know however better stated it is about who the people you know, know.

I have long said you should maintain contact even if it is peripheral contact with those people you have known (school, hobbies, volunteer work) or have worked and done deals with in the past. Social networks are great for this type of light interactions which allow you to maintain warm contact.

However, the time comes when one desires or has the need to make an introduction of two of…

Joel Ordesky

Digital Guru at PrivateGuru.net, Manager, Leader and Executive. Founder of ExecTec a LA based Entertainment, Media & Tech Networking group. Coach at Coach.me

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