Thirsty Thursdays Top 10 with Brandon V. Ray

Updated: May 8, 2020

  1. Don't be shy! There is always a commonality you can leverage to get the convo going ( introverts this is for you)

  2. Simple steps to sliding in that DM. 1) Include your name in the subject. 2) Tell them who you are. Be brief and keep it simple. 3) Go for the ask or ask how can you help (i.e. 15 -30 min exploratory convo)

  3. No doesn't mean never. Don't burn bridges, you never know when you will need them

  4. Handwritten notes still work. Stay connected.

  5. Quarterly/ Annual reports are great thought/ convo starters while trying to network within a company or org. It will make you sound really smart too!

  6. People like compliments. Give more!

  7. LinkedIn (the free version) and your digital brand is the litmus test for making virtual connections

  8. Mix things up. Diversify your network. Sometimes code-switching is ok—use it to your advantage. One day we will live in a world where this won't be a thing. Until then, do what you have to do.

  9. Build relationships, water them like a plant and watch them grow. Trust the process.

  10. Love people.

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Tonight's playlist was by Black Coffee on Spotify

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