Are you guilty? I was, for a long time. Unintentionally. I had no idea.
Guilty of what? Of making Hot Potato Introductions.
What’s that? In today’s solo episode of the TalentGrow Show, I will explain why lots of people make introductions in this way and why it’s really not the best way. I’ll then teach you an upgraded way to make networking introductions called the ‘Double Opt-In Introduction’ and walk you through a step-by-step process (including examples) of exactly how you can begin to implement this better way to make networking introductions going forward. Take a listen now and share with those who could also benefit!
What You’ll Learn:
It’s only too late if you don’t start now – no shame or guilt!
What’s a ‘Hot Potato Introduction’ and what’s wrong with it? (Halelly reads examples from actual emails she’s received)
Why do we make introductions in the first place – the business reason for this excellent networking strategy
Why you should focus on being generous and a value-creator
“If everyone else jumped off a cliff, would you do it too?” (Your mama told you not to do something just because everyone else does!)
Halelly defines the double opt-in introduction and how she’s used it as a hack to upgrade her networking practices and the six easy steps you can use to adopt this approach, too (plus examples!)
If you prefer to read this info, check out this blog post I wrote about it: No more Hot Potato networking introductions: the why and how of Double Opt-ins (so no need for a transcript on this episode)
Check out the blog post I mentioned about how to Build great business relationships by being a Giver
What was your biggest ‘A-ha’? Which of these are you going to work on first? And if you have tried making double opt-in intros, what were your results? Comment below!
Share this if you found it valuable. I find that a LOT of people do this wrong and have not gotten the memo about the Double Opt-In Introduction. Let’s help more people, together!
Ask me a question or tell me a topic that you would like me to cover in a future episode of the TalentGrow Show. I make this podcast to serve you – so please don’t be shy!
About Halelly Azulay
Have we met? I'm Halelly Azulay. I'm an author, speaker, facilitator, and leadership development strategist and an expert in leadership, communication skills, and emotional intelligence. I am the author of two books, Employee Development on a Shoestring (ATD Press) and Strength to Strength: How Working from Your Strengths Can Help You Lead a More Fulfilling Life. My books, workshops and retreats build on my 20+ years of professional experience in communication and leadership development in corporate, government, nonprofit and academic organizations.
I am the president of TalentGrow LLC, a consulting company focused on developing leaders and teams, especially for enterprises experiencing explosive growth or expansion. TalentGrow specializes in people leadership skills, which include communication skills, teambuilding, coaching and emotional intelligence. TalentGrow works with all organizational levels, including C-level leaders, frontline managers, and individual contributors.
People hire me to speak at conferences and meetings and to facilitate leadership workshops, but what I love most is to help fast growing organizations create a leadership development strategy and approach.
I'm a contributing author to numerous books, articles and blogs. I was described as a “Leadership Development Guru” by TD Magazine. I blog, publish a leadership podcast (um, hello?!), and have a popular free weekly subscription newsletter – so you should definitely sign up at www.tinyurl.com/talentgrow.
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