Recipe for Better Networking

Whether you're trying to land a new job or expand your business, networking is a must if you're looking to connect with big industry players. Networking is indeed an art that requires practice, so don't stress out if you don't think your connection skills are up to par. To help you out, here's some advice you may want to keep in mind next time you meet Elon Musk. 

  1. The 80/20 Rule Will Make You a Much Better Networker 
    As business coach Alisoun Mackenzie explains, good networking is all about building good relationships. One of the easiest ways to do this is by following the 80/20 rule: spend 80% of your conversations focusing on whomever you're talking to, and only 20% on self-promotion. 
     
  2. 5 Simple Steps to a Successful Introduction 
    It's not unusual for people to ask their contacts to introduce them to someone they would like to work with. But before you make this kind of request from anyone, here are some smart tips to consider.
     
  3. 7 Networking Tips for Introverts, Extroverts, and the Socially Awkward
    Whether you love or hate networking, these are some simple pieces of advice everyone could use. 

Networking can be intimidating at times, but don't you worry! With some practice, you'll be a pro in no time. Are there any other tips you'd add to this list? 

Some Inspiration for Entrepreneurs

Ever have those moments when you slump into your chair, devoid of all inspiration and frustrated with your lack of productivity? If you said yes, then read on for some articles that may be exactly what you need to get back on the Productivity Train.  

  1. 7 Insanely Productive Habits of Successful Young Entrepreneurs
    Making the most of your days is something we all strive for, but this may be even more important for young start-ups with little to no resources. Check out these helpful tips from seven amazing entrepreneurs on how they carpe diem the bajeezus out of their days. 
     
  2. You'll Never Hear Successful People Say These 15 Phrases
    A strong and positive attitude is crucial in life, especially in the working world. Here's a quick insight into a successful way of thinking. 
     
  3. For a More Productive Office, Appeal to the 5 Senses 
    Whether you're aware of it or not, your environment makes a HUGE impact on your productivity (and happiness!). This article can help you turn your boring office into a cheerful bat cave for success. 
     
  4. How Sara Blakely Built a Billion-Dollar Business From Scratch 
    If you're building your own business but have little money and/or experience, it can be hard to maintain the "You've got this!" attitude sometimes. Here's an inspirational example, showing that even with a shortage in resources, you can still achieve wonders if you really work for it. 

Hope this helped you get your work mojo back on track! Good luck, and Good Tuesday! 

BKD's Pre-Halloween Happy Hour: SCARY HOUR

It is officially T-minus 5 days til the ghouls and Snooki wigs come out to play! But before you go trick-or-treating (or get hammered in a banana suit), Brooklyn Desks invites you and your friends to a terrifying happy hour on Hallow's Eve. Come join us this Thursday from 5:30-7pm as we kick back with free beer, free food, and great company. 

Check our Twitter (@Brooklyndesks) for updates on the event. #BKDscaryhour