RT @VenessaMiemis The Essence of Great Introductions Is Not Who You Know But Who You Are via @assetmap

Understanding a little better why it feels great to discover personal resonance and relevance and connect like minds like there was a great tomorrow.

From the comments:

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I see a fourth factor emerging that could fit in your third category but probably deserves its own mention: “peripheral awareness”. Prior to social networks, personal introductions were actually a primary means of beings introduced to new people. Now however we become aware of new people daily as they float through our twitter stream, comment on blogs we read, or appear on our friends’ facebook walls. As a result we are peripherally aware of many people who we don’t actually know and whose reputation we can’t necessarily evaluate.

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The Essence of Great Introductions Is Not Who You Know But Who You Are

The Essence of Great Introductions Is Not Who You Know But Who You Are

Posted by Nathaniel Whittemore on Feb 13, 2011 in Networking | View Comments

In today’s world, making introductions between people has become an anchor activity of professional life. Facebook, LinkedIn, and myriad other contact management tools have given us better information about the people we know that ever before, significantly decreasing the cost of connecting.

Yet better information about our networks and lower cost of connection has come with other consequences, as well. Now, more than ever, to be an effective connector or to find effective connections is not just a matter of knowing people who know people. Instead, what matters most is the weight of the reputation behind the connection and in turn, the likelihood that all parties will engage with it seriously.

The Commodification of Connection

The Rise of Reputation

Every successful person has (or certainly at least feels like they have) too little time. When they are introduced to a new contact, they have to make a snap judgement about valuable the connection is going to be and how much attention to give it. This doesn’t mean these judgements are right, but they are a fact.

The primary determinant of those judgements is the reputation of the person making the introduction. In this circumstance, “reputation” does not really refer to some objective and overarching personal brand, but to more contextual factors, including the previous experience the person getting the introduction has had with the introducer, and the introducer’s expertise and experience in the particularly area of the connection. This is why online reputation systems are so hard to design; when it comes down to the micro level of connections, specific context greatly trumps generalities about a person’s power to distribute or amplify messages.

The Essence of Great Introdcutions
1. Relevant Shared Experiences:
2. Positive Interpersonal Track Record:
3. Likelihood of Future Power:

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About charlesvanderhaegen

I am a grandfather of an immensely inspiring family, thanks to the most incredible wife. To satisfy my family's needs, I was for 30 years business entrepreneur, roller coasting between success and failure. 17 years ago I was forced to stop and reflect. I dug into theory and discovered the World out there, that my involvement in Business had kept hidden to me. I feared that I will not escape remaining amidst my trans-disciplinary quest forever, bouncing back and forth from action to theory, always puzzled by Europe's apparent incapacity to free itself from its Institutional/Technological Lock-ins. My horizon opened up when Gunter Pauly, my intimate friend of 35 years, asked me to join him and take charge ZERI's development in Europe. I am now fully engaged alongside Gunter Pauli in the http://www.zeri.org and the @myblueeconomy Networks as CEO of ZERI.EU vzw (Non for Profit association)
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