Sunday, August 07, 2005

Networking etiquette

It seems that as more and more people use LinkedIn and other such software applications, there will be a need for learning about networking etiquette.

One of Stephen Covey's 7 habits seems appropriate here, namely: First, seek to understand the other person.

I interpret it, in the networking context, as meaning: First, seek to understand what the other person is trying to achieve. That is, find out about his/her career goal.

Covey also offered a piece of advice that sounds good to me: treat a relationship as an "emotional bank account": you have to make deposits before you can withdraw.

If everybody acted thus, I think LinkedIn could become a wonderful place to develop one's career and enrich one's professional life!