The Networking Mistake That Causes Distrust. Are You Making It?

I see it all the time. People go to networking events and immediately give people a reason to distrust them. And worst of all, they have no idea they are doing it. So, I’m going to explain what this mistake is and give you an easy way to avoid it. But first, let me tell […]

Network Like An Introvert

As promised, I just sent out a free excerpt of Tim Klabunde’s book, Network Like An Introvert, to my entire subscriber list. Let me tell you a little about this book and the person behind it. I met Tim in 2008 and learned about his unique approach to networking shortly after. So, for the last […]

The Secret To Starting Great Conversations At Networking Events

One industry professional that continuously impresses me is Tim Klabunde. Granted, I haven’t used Adobe After Effects in many years. But I remember looking at it and thinking, “I certainly don’t have time to learn this!” But I guess somewhere between transitioning to his new role as Principal of Structural Engineering Group and running DCN, […]

How Getting on Proposal Teams is a Lot Like Dating

The vice president of a construction consulting firm sent me an email after reading my SMPS whitepaper, “Marketing to the Mind.” Here is the question he asked: “How does one best apply these techniques to a crowd mainly composed of business development or marketing personnel? The vast majority of the national conferences and monthly organizational […]

Should You Bring Your Card to Business Networking Events?

It is 11:37pm and I am on a train from Washington, D.C. to Philadelphia. I was just at the Washington D.C. Design and Construction business networking event. The event was held in Arlington, VA (you can learn more about the group at During this event Tim Klabunde, of fame, was laughing at the […]