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Be A Networking Magnet 🧲

Be A Networking Magnet 🧲
By Jamie Lim Yin Yin • Issue #43 • View online
Hi friends!
Lately, the topic of personal branding and networking keeps coming up. While there are countless ways to brand and network, I’ve never forgotten a simple method I got from one of my awesome managers at Google. Her suggestion? Be A Magnet 🧲
What did she mean by this?
Get people to come you. Be at the center of the hustle and bustle. How do you do that? It’s super simple really - be proactive! Host a simple initiative, plan a program or run an event. People will eventually know who you are because they will have to interact with you through these initiatives.
Being a program manager myself, I can completely attest to this being true. I’ve tried this at work - as well as on the personal front! A great example would be hosting a Clubhouse Club or Room. Try it and see how many people start following you!
On the topic of networking, have you ever thought of utilizing a CRM tool to better manage your network? I actually have a personal spreadsheet with folks that I intend to keep in touch with, and here are the things I keep track of:
  • Name
  • Intended Cadence (How often do you want to meet?)
  • Date Last Met
  • Date to Meet Again
  • Job (What do they do?)
  • Personal Touch (What are some personal details about them that they shared? What is personally important to them?)
  • What did I learn from this person? (Stuff this person taught you)
  • How can I help this person? (What value can you add or bring to this person?)
  • Action Items (What do you need to do post conversation?)
I know it sounds a bit like overkill - but you’d be surprised at how well this actually works. When I reach out to people, they are genuinely touched at the details I remember about them, and are even more surprised when I actually remember to do stuff we had chatted about during our catch ups!
You never really know when you’re going to need to rely on that person for something, so as much as you can - add value to them when possible, even if it means going the extra mile!
What are some other branding and networking techniques you use? Do share!
Till next week!
Jamie

My Favourite Things This Week 💛
Have heard great things about this book so decided to purchase it and give it a read. Pretty apt for what I’m going through right now - basically helps you get into the mindset of getting things done.
The book’s a quick read - there were 3 parts to it, but being the practical person I am, I didn’t find much value in the last part of the book where they delved into ‘inspiration’ and philosophy’ (I pretty much zoned out).
Here are 2 main takeaways I took from the book:
1) Resistance is your enemy. We face resistance everyday in our lives - to go to the gym, to sit down and work on the one task you set out to do without getting distracted etc. It’s the one thing that stops you from pursuing the stuff that’s hard (but worth doing)
2) How do you overcome resistance? Turn Pro(fessional). Act like a professional when you’re doing stuff that’s important to you. Think of your work / task as how you would treat your job. No matter how they are feeling, a professional always shows up, and puts their best foot forward.
I thought this was pretty eye-opening. What if I just showed up consistently in everything I do? I think things would undoubtedly move forward, slowly but surely. So I’m going to approach my side hustle stuff in this manner.
Curated Youtube OST - Instrumentals for Productive Work
Back in the day, I used to play quite a few computer games with titles that included Gunbound / Pangya (some golf game) / Maplestory in secondary school - and the music was super addictive!
As most of you know, I enjoy listening to instrumentals when I’m working because it doesn’t distract me from the actual work. In fact the music makes me feel super pumped and nostalgic!
I created my instrumentals for productive work playlist here, and I basically have been having it on loop when I’m doing serious work.
Feel free to use it as your music background while studying / working!
Kindle Highlight Of The Week 📖
Foundations are crucial. If we have solid foundations, it's hard to shake us - so if you want to keep healthy, make sure you eat and sleep well! You really are what you eat!
Foundations are crucial. If we have solid foundations, it's hard to shake us - so if you want to keep healthy, make sure you eat and sleep well! You really are what you eat!
Photo Of The Week 📷
Awkward Chihuahua Momeny! Contrary to belief - this fella hopped into the basket himself, and refused to get out when we wanted him to (we got growled at!) Anyone want to buy? Basket comes free :P
Awkward Chihuahua Momeny! Contrary to belief - this fella hopped into the basket himself, and refused to get out when we wanted him to (we got growled at!) Anyone want to buy? Basket comes free :P
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Jamie Lim Yin Yin

My name is Jamie, a Millennial based in Singapore 🇸🇬. I love exploring topics on productivity 📈, personal development 🌱 and career tips 🎓 to help Gen Z & Millennials navigate life. Every week, I send out a newsletter with learnings I've encountered throughout the week and share them to help folks around the world lead a happy and healthier life!

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