7 Step Plan To Get Going With Networking

Whether you're an introvert or an extrovert, feel like you have the gift of gab or just don't know how to make small talk, networking know-how is very important for your business success. There is a notion in business that I believe most of us subscribe to that says "all... Read More

Powerful Networking: Focus on Building Connections, Not Closing Sales

You can find numerous references in the business literature about the importance of a company's mission. These sources emphasize that the mission is not to make a profit; that a profit is the outcome of and reward for fulfilling the mission. In the same sense, the mission of networking is... Read More

Communication Is A 2-Way Street (The Networking Factor)

The Personal Touch 1There is a simple art to networking and the good news is, should you choose to put forth a conscience effort to improve the way you communicate, networking can and will become second nature to you, it is really just that simple. A personal touch big or... Read More

Networking - How To Do It

Networking is probably the oldest, easiest, most effective and least expensive way to get more business. It doesn't necessarily involve selling your product or service but it does mean selling yourself. However, that doesn't involve a lot of talking - it does involve a lot of listening.Networking is about making... Read More

8 Ways To Develop Confidence In New Situations

Do you enjoy one-on-one networking, however, the thought of walking into room full of people you don't know horrifies you? You're not alone. Yes, even a social butterfly, President of the Social Committee in High School and avid networker knows how you feel. Here are some of my tricks. And... Read More

You Can?t Spell Networking Without Serendipity

"Fear not to entertain strangers for by so doing some have entertained angels unaware."This quotation is from the book of Hebrews, which means it probably has nothing to do with networking.Or does it?Networking is the process of sharing knowledge, helping others, and developing mutually beneficial relationships. Serendipity is the lucky... Read More

What I Do Is Not Who I Am... The Networking Factor

Ah, the personal touch that continues to make a big difference for the better in our lives and the lives of those who have an opportunity to experience a personal touch from us.If networking and effective communication are centered on other people, can we effectively network or communicate without the... Read More

Giving the Gift of Your Name (The Networking Factor)

Although, this is about giving the gift of your name to others, it certainly runs a close second in importance to "Whats' in a name?"What is giving the gift of your name? Giving the gift of your name is when you see someone you haven't seen in a while and... Read More

Which Networking Events Should You Attend?

How does one determine which are the best events to attend based on one's best customer?Customers are not a dime a dozen, especially in today's economy. So it is best to follow the rules mentioned before on how to define your best customer before attending an event. The customer definition... Read More

Follow-Up with Your Contacts

What happens when you meet a potential client at an event and you do not follow up?So now the event is over and you have collected a number of business cards, taken notes on the best prospects, divided the cards into Y(es), N(o), and M(aybe), now what? It is time... Read More

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Closing The Gap Between Security & Networking Ops: 5 Best Practices
Dark Reading
In many organizations there is an inherent conflict between the goals of the networking and security teams. The networking team may be concerned with maintaining network availability, which is obviously hindered as security and access restrictions pile ...


Mashable

How to write networking emails that won't wind up in the trash
Mashable
This article is part of DBA, a series on Mashable about running a business that features insights from leaders in entrepreneurship, venture capital and management. There's one word that never escapes us in the business world, no matter how hard we try: ...


Electronic Design

Emulation Fast-Tracks Networking Products to Market
Electronic Design
Loosely defined as a "worldwide system of interconnected networks and computers,” it enables a broad range of data-communications services, such as email, video downloads, Google searches, tweets, Skype calls, and many more. Table 1 lists the main ...


Sampson Independent

Sampson Community College hosting B2B OpenMeet, a new networking event
Sampson Independent
As the director of the Small Business Center for Sampson Community College, Bradshaw is ready to begin a new networking opportunity, B2B Open Meet. The initiative is collaboration with James Sprunt Community College's (JSCC) Small Business Center.

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Bacon, Servers and San Diego: WHIR Networking Event at HostingCon
Web Host Industry Review (blog)
The WHIR held its second annual HostingCon event in San Diego last night, and it may have been the best event ever! We packed Side Bar to the gills with hosting professionals ready to network and have a good time. With a line up out the door, the event ...

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LightWave Online

Packet-aware transport enables more efficient and flexible IP optical networking
LightWave Online
For many network operators, the question of how to most efficiently design their core IP/optical backbone network and provide essential bandwidth connectivity to end customers or applications is critical to the success of their business. Methods that ...


Bloomberg

Networks Outsource Their Networking
Bloomberg
From HBO and AMC to ESPN and the Tennis Channel, TV networks have relied for decades on cable and satellite providers to distribute their programming. In the era of streaming video, they're trying to deliver shows and movies directly to viewers online, ...


CIO

How to move to DevOps to drive open networks
CIO
It's time to re-examine traditional IT organizational structures and move toward a cloud-oriented, DevOps-based model. This transformation will be challenging, take time and impact the way networks are built and managed. Here are some recommendations ...


Botetourt chamber of commerce to hold networking lunch Aug. 12
Roanoke Times
A Business Networking Lunch will be held Wednesday, Aug. 12 at The Glebe in Daleville, with networking at 11:30 a.m. followed by lunch at noon and a program at 12:30 p.m.. There will be a presentation on Small Business Saturday, including how to ...

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Network World

​OpenDaylight dawn: Open-source software defined networking goes into production
ZDNet
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- At the OpenDaylight Summit, a conference for OpenDaylight (ODL), the open-source software defined network (SDN) project, Margaret Chiosi, a distinguished network architect at AT&T Labs said, "OpenDaylight is no longer 'slideware ...
AT&T, ClearPath Networks and Nokia Networks Join the OpenDaylight ProjectMarketWatch
AT&T, Nokia, ClearPath Join OpenDaylight SDN EfforteWeek

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