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I’m Back. Hopefully.

by Jason Sanders on August 23, 2010 · 2 comments

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Well It’s been a while since I’ve sat down and shared anything on my various blogs.  I’m embarrassed to admit it, but there’s a few cob webs around here and the place could use a good dusting.

For those of you who aren’t connected with me on facebook or twitter, you might not know that I’ve had a good share of health problems lately.  At the end of July I had a bone tumor removed from my leg.

I guess a little background is in order.  I have a bone disease.  It’s called Multiple Hereditary Exostoses or MHE.  It causes boney bumps to form near the growth plates of my bones.  These bumps grow as the body grows and matures and are supposed to stop once a person is full grown.

Fortunately for me, until recently, MHE has never played a very big role in my life.  It’s never limited what I wanted to do.  I’ve been very lucky, because for some people (including my father) the disease is debilitating.  Last summer things changed.  I realized that one of the spots on my leg had begun to grow.  It was hurting and getting a lot bigger.  I was worried because that’s not supposed to happen.  I  knew that there was a small risk of bone cancer that comes along with MHE.  In a mixed bag of luck, it just so happened that one of the top experts on my condition was about 15 minutes away from me in Philadelphia.

It took some time and a lot of insurance wrangling, but long story short I was able to meet with the specialist in May, and finally had the bone tumor removed in the end of July.  Since then I’ve been back in the hospital for a week because of a blood clot in my lung, but as I write this, I’m happy to be back home and feeling pretty good.  Dr’s orders are that I can’t put any weight on the leg that was operated on for at least 6 weeks from my surgery date.  So I’m schlepping around the house with a walker.

The good news is that the bone tumor was NOT cancerous.

This process has been a challenge though.  I didn’t really anticipate going into this how 6, or even 4 weeks of inactivity will totally zap your momentum and derail your process.  I’m working hard to get the machine rolling again, determined to resume and retain the pace.

Have you ever had an event that forced you to take a break?  How did you handle getting back into the swing of things?  Was it harder or easier than you expected?  I’d love to read your experience in the comment section below!

Jason Sanders @ValuePagesGroup
Business Networking Specialist

www.TheValuePagesGroup.com

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I’ve written on this subject some before, but I believe it deserves another touch because it represents a major shift in the mindset of consumers.  When I first started getting involved with social media, one of the most prevalent questions was, “How much should I share about my personal life?”  This question still lingers nearly two years later.  Different people will share different perspectives and you hear all kinds of theories of ratio: 50% Business to 50% Personal, 80% Business to 20% Personal, etc, etc.  I suggest that we step back from all of the analysis and mathematical formulas for a  moment and consider the human element.

Often this question comes down to what we feel comfortable with being squared against what we think that we should be doing/advice that we trust.  We have to build our networking strategy based on what we feel comfortable with, all else be damned.  I know I started this post with a social media example, but lets look to face to face networking events for inspiration.  Anyone who’s spent some level of time in these environments knows that the same questions that exist online exist in real life.  Different people take different approaches to networking events.  Some folks are like walking encyclopedias of their product/service/brand.  They rattle off statistics, details, solutions and examples in an impressive display of knowledge that can build trust.  Others rarely talk business, preferring to strike up conversations around subjects that have common interest.  These people may skirt around their area of expertise, or tease their fellow conversationalist with interesting little tid-bits of their business life, heightening interest and curiosity.  Still others may try to straddle the fence, demonstrating an expertise in their field, while also mixing in details of their personal life to build relationships.

If you stop and think about it, which one of these three types do you gravitate towards?  Chances are, this is the type of networking that you’re “comfortable with”.  Take a little time to reflect on what you like to see and hear.  It’s worth the time to discover your personal networking style.  Knowing and owning your networking style is crucial, because you will never have a strong appeal with every single person in the room.  The best use of your networking time is finding and connecting with those who you will have a strong appeal with.

But as I mentioned at the outset, we are witnessing a major shift in the mindset of consumers which cannot be ignored no matter what your personal networking style is.  Simply put, people want more out of their business relationships.  In business to business circles there’s always been a high standard to facilitate the exchange of business, but I would argue that as consumer demands have increased, so have the standards that businesses hold their referral partners to.

The truth is, people are no longer satisfied with being talked at.  They want to talk with those who provide the solutions to their problems.  Being accessible, approachable, and exchanging information are top priorities of those with the power to help our business.  These facts shouldn’t change the way your style of networking however.  There’s just some caveats to keep in mind.

If your networking type is “Walking Encyclopedia” make sure that you’re also responding to what others have to say.  Find ways to demonstrate the value of your knowledge by assisting others.  It won’t take long before your expertise and helpful reputation start reaping financial rewards.

If you prefer to focus on “Social Networking” as a gateway to business relationships, or if you’re the style is “Straddling the Fence” you’ll have to work hard to stand out from the other social butterflies.  You can achieve this by delivering more value through either directly assisting your peers, or by building deeper relationships with your contacts.  Turning contacts into friends is always good for business.

So what’s your networking style? I’d love to read your thoughts in the comment section below!

Jason Sanders @ValuePagesGroup
Business Networking Specialist

www.TheValuePagesGroup.com

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by Jason Sanders Motivational
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Every Sunday I make a habit of listening to the Mountain Stage program on my local public radio station 88.5 XPN.  I always end up becoming a fan of an artist that I had never heard of before.  This past week was a really great show.  I was blown away by Ruthie Foster. (Be careful, […]

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Twitter Can Be The Opposite of FarmVille

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by Jason Sanders Business
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by Jason Sanders iPhone
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by Jason Sanders iPhone
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Because of some research I’m doing for tomorrow’s Get More Business Show on the topic of Social Media, I’ve been surprised to read recently written articles by prominent (although cremudgenly) authors desparaging Twitter and the idea of instant unrestricted communication. I don’t expect everyone to jump on the twitter bandwagon, but I honestly thought I wouldn’t […]

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by Jason Sanders Blogging
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Wow! So I just checked in and it seems that it’s been a little over a month since my last blog post here. Ouch! Tsk Tsk…. My goal has been to be much more consistent with my posts than I have been. I promise I’ll be doing better. If you only follow me here on […]

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A couple of weeks ago I wrote a blog post about knowing who benefits from your business’ solutions.  I wanted to take this opportunity to back up a little bit and lay some groundwork for those of you who are just starting your business, or those who for whatever reason have not yet taken the […]

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