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Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Online Networking is not real networking -- Tim Klabunde's solution

In the past year, I've had the fortune of meeting with Tim Klabunde in Washington through our mutual involvement in blogging and the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS). Tim and I share some fundamental values -- that effective business development occurs when you put your short term interests aside, and focus on sharing, giving, and developing relationships that go beyond your immediate focus and requirements.

Tim has shown these qualities at the highest degree with his imitative in coordinating on Washington DC Design and Construction Network. He writes about this process in his Cofebuz Blog posting: Online Networking is Not Real Networking.

Now that the network has grown to more than 200 participants, he is taking things to the next stage, creating off-line opportunities to connect, share, and communicate.

Can you make similar connections and build relationships within your own community?

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