Myth #4: You have to be a good talker or an overly chatty “schmoozer” to be a good networker.
REALITY: The truth is it is almost the exact opposite. According to Guy Kawasaki, co-founder of Garage Technology Ventures, Forbes columnist, and author of the recently published, Reality Check, “The mark of a good conversationalist is not that you can talk a lot. The mark is that you can get others to talk a lot. Thus, good schmoozerʼs are good listeners, not good talkers.”
You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.
• Dale Carnegie
So, in closing, why should you bother with networking?
Just like you can never receive too many gifts at the holidays, you can never have too many contacts in your network. Being well-connected connotes success and influence -- the kind of cachet every serious professional seeks to achieve.
- Debra Davenport for Yahoo! HotJobs
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