Dr. Renate Volpe, in her nugget cards entitled “Networking Tips” says:
“Do be visible and well liked.”
In all honesty, this one had me in stitches! You see many people are somewhat taken aback with my ‘no nonsense’ type attitude and some are even a little ‘scared’ of me (although that also makes me laugh), but that said, most respect me because if they ask a question, they are sure to get an answer even if that answer is not necessarily the one that they wanted to hear. I often tell people that if they don’t want to hear the answer, then perhaps they should refrain from asking the question!
Being visible for me, is not dressing up like a turkey, although in all fairness to myself, I do love bright colours (I think everyone should add colour to their lives) and wear bright t-shirts and shorts. Being visible means that every time that someone goes onto the internet they find me, every time they sign onto a Networking site, they find me, every time they go to a Networking event, they see me or hear about me. That for me is what is being ‘visible’.
So get in there, write a blog, get a website, write some articles for the newspaper or magazines. Give of yourself, your experience, share some of the things in life that you have learnt.
As for being liked – well I would rather be ‘respected’ and quite frankly, as it is said ‘other people’s opinion of me are none of my business’ and that is something that I truly believe.
For more information on Renate, please visit her website at www.drrenatevolpe.co.za