Expert Advice On Business Networking And Tips On Developing Your Networking Skills

Interview with Peter T. Brown – Entrepreneur and Software Engineer

Peter T. Brown is a software engineer and an entrepreneur. His latest project is ‘RealityAllStarz‘, a site where you can challenge yourself and your friends to do interesting and unique things. You can write your own challenges or check out what other people are doing. You upload photos or video “proving” you’ve completed a particular challenge and your friends as well as the entire community can review your work and rate how well you’ve done.

If you’d like to learn more about Peter’s other projects you can do so here .

Now, without further ado, here’s Peter…

Josh: Peter, how do you define Business Networking and why do you feel it is important?

Peter T. Brown: I define business networking as investing in relationships now, and nurturing those investments — so that in the future they can pay big dividends!

Josh: Can you share one idea that someone could put into practice that would help them to improve their business networking skills?

Peter T. Brown: I’d say don’t freak out when you meet someone you assume is really important. There is nothing more off-putting than people who try too hard to impress.

At the same time, you need to always be providing value to others. A strategy that’s worked well for me is to follow up on conversations with meaningful thoughts and especially links to things online that I’ve found useful and relevant to what we may have been talking about.

Josh: Can you share some of the ways you use the Internet for business networking?

Peter T. Brown: When I meet someone that interests me, I’ll try to learn more about them online — and this can feed back into my previous suggestion.

Going the other way, I’ve found that I get better responses from folks when I have taken care to showcase myself online. I have a blog with links to pages that talk about many of the projects I’ve done (like RealityAllStarz), how I did them and why. My resume is there and of course a few posts a month about what I’m doing, reading and interested in.

When you’re personal site is clever, clean, well designed — when you have a solid brand for yourself — people think more highly of you, even if they’ve only met you once!

-You can visit Peter T. Brown at blogsicle.net.

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