Tuesday, February 18, 2014


Networking is an essential aspect of your digital experience and expansion into the digital realm. 

The 9 Skills Needed to Be a Super-Connector (James Altucher)
James Altcher provides some great insights and advice to becoming better at networking with others - a skill that is essential to develop and a necessary practice to put into action while in college.

As the old saying goes, it's not what you know, but who you know. This is particularly true, as simply knowing others isn't enough either. 

1. First, you must produce something of value in order to leverage your ties with others--whether it is through your knowledge, skills, experience, ideas, or connections. Producing something of value is the first step you need to take in order to become a super-connector!
  • So you want to know how you produce something of value in college? Work for free! No, it's not ideal for the broke college student, but you can join a student organization, do volunteer work, take on an internship, and help professors with their research.
2. Then, you can begin to "bridge" those ties. For example, a friend of mine is starting a informational website, but doesn't know anyone who can be the editor of the site. I know someone who is majoring in media studies (technology), that is interested in one day editing a website, so I introduce the two, they kick it off, and we can all benefit from this new connection made!
  • What I did was create a bridge between my two ties - they did not know each other previously, but they both knew me, and thus I became the bridge that connected the two of them. 
  • Also, if you bridge that connection, you'll be on their mind for future potential connections they can make that would be helpful to you.
**Remember, universities are highly coveted for their networking potential, so invest in your future by building your social network now! 
**Click on the link above to find more tips on becoming a "super-connector"

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