Interview with Alexander Kjerulf – Speaker and Consultant
Alexander Kjerulf is variously: Chief Happiness Officer. Author of the book “Happy Hour is 9 to 5 – how to love your job, love your life and kick butt at work”. He is a speaker, Consultant, and Radical renaissance man. He speaks and consults on happiness at work in organizations around the world.
Josh: How do you define Business Networking and why do you feel it is important?
Alexander Kjerulf: Business networking is how you express your love for the business community you exist in. It’s how you share your knowledge, it’s how you give to others. How you network is probably the truest expression of your business self.
It’s also how you find your playmates. As a kid you found your playmates in school or on your street. In business, networking is how you find other people with similar interests and passion.
It matters enormously, because if you do not find an outlet for that love and generosity, and people to share it with, it slowly withers away. You become isolated and paralyzed.
Josh: Can you share a few ideas that someone could put into practice that would help them to improve their business networking skills?
Alexander Kjerulf: Always start with this question: What can I give? How much of your time, ideas, products, thoughts, inspiration, energy can you give to others?
It’s obvious that you can’t give everything away, because you still have to make living yourself. So in your network, give away as much as possible. You’ll find that the more you give, the more you get. Generosity, as opposed to “what’s in it for me”, is at the root of all good business networking.
The second question is: Where is my passion? You can’t network effectively around something you’re not passionate about. No passion, no fun. Passion is also the best way to attract other people and the best way to determine who to network with: Go look for the passionate people.
-You can learn more about Alexander Kjerulf at www.positivesharing.com.