14 Ways To Ask And Respond To The Question: Can I Pick Your Brain?

A stranger or someone you barely know asks, ‘Can I pick your brain?’ Immediately, you panic, having images of someone literally picking your brain, and then wonder how to respond to this misguided question. I’ll share with you here a number of ways you can respond,...

Well damn….

Do you ever just want to cut the small talk and get to the good stuff? Like what you #GiveADamn about in this world? What really matters to you? At Network Under 40, we #GiveADamn about human connection and the power of collaboration, friendship, and...

A Traveler’s Complete Guide To Building A World-Class Network

Creating, building, and maintaining relationships can be tough; even tougher if you’re living the increasingly-popular nomadic lifestyle. Here we’ll uncover tips for how to build and support a thriving network of relationships, no matter where you are on the planet....

Networking: You Hate It Right? Here’s Why

Do you recognize the classic acronym ‘WIIFM’? If not, it stands for ‘What’s In It For Me?’ and suggests that we make decisions based on the impending value we may gain. Rather than try to refute this, what I’d like to do is upend the way we perceive value. When I ask...

9 Questions You Should Ask Your Network Right Now

In my mid 20s, I felt pretty lost. While many of my friends who were settled into careers seemed to whiz past me, I stood in their dust. I felt pretty low and uncertain how to figure out what was next. Fortunately, I befriended a woman who did employee development...

How To Make Email Introductions Where Everyone Wins

Remember that time when you were on the receiving end of an email introduction that you really didn’t want? You likely felt obligated to reply and to carve out time to spend with the third party because of your relationship with the introducer. Or perhaps you just...

How To Nurture Your Network Effectively Without Being Annoying

After the initial excitement of meeting someone dissipates, it is often followed by the well-meaning intention of “let’s stay in touch”, but most often, neither party does, and the possibility of a relationship fades. Meeting someone is just the kickoff. What matters...

5 Quick Tips To Help You Connect With Anyone You Want to Meet

How would it feel if I told you that the person with whom you most want to connect is less than 3.5 degrees of separation away from that interaction you so desire? Don’t let that emotion pass, because if you believe the scientists at Facebook, it’s true. According to...

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