1) Be A Matchmaker: Introduce people in your network who need to know each other. I do this on Twitter and Linkedin quite extensively! Cost to me: Zip.
2) Be A Matchmaker Part Dos: Host a conference call for 5-6 people in your network. Introduce them to each other and have a topic so you get the benefit of everyone’s thinking. Use a free conference call service like http://freeconferencecall.com to keep this bad boy free!
3) Create A Free E-Book for your network: You can easily create these in word and convert to PDF. There are even free templates you can download so you can avoid expensive software. Note: You don’t have to be a literary genius to do this. It can be as simple as a 10 Things To Think About When Buying (fill in your product) or some other helpful hints that help you demonstrate your expertise to your network . . . while providing value!
4) Create A Spot For Your Free Stuff On Your Website: That’s what I did and you can see for yourself by clicking here dude!
5) Connect With And Get To Know Some Recruiters: Introduce folks who are in transition and you create a win/win/win. Oh and it costs you nothing to be cool like that!
6) Send A Brand Agnostic Resource: Every 4-6 weeks send a link to a helpful article, a website, the name of a helpful book and yes, its perfectly cool to offer some of your free stuff too . . . just make sure you don’t make it all “ME, ME, ME!”
7) Use Your Brand Agnostic Resource To Introduce Someone In Your Network: I’ve promoted other Linkedin groups, friend’s training events, etc. Didn’t cost me a dime and made me feel pretty darn cool when I found out people supported the people I was supporting. Did I mention, that cost me nothing? One caveat: Be careful who you recommend or it will cost you your reputation. Not bueno!
8) Pay Attention To Status Updates And . . . Encourage, validate, give a damn. These things cost you nothing and here’s the thing . . . people gravitate towards people who make them feel good. Don’t ever forget that!
9) Pay Attention To Status Updates And . . . offer to jump on a call with someone who might need some advice or even the benefit of some mutual brainstorming.
10) Provide Rock Star Opportunities: If you see a group discussion or a question where someone in your network can look like a rock star . . . First talk them up publicly and then tell them about it in your best “Get in there dude (or dudette)” fashion!
So there you have it, 10 ways for you to give to your network without having to sell all your worldly possessions to do it.
Now it’s your turn . . . What can we add to this list or What are your thoughts in general about this whole business of giving to our network?
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1-Help a needy family meet their mortgage: Donations will help families handle their mortgages at aa discounted rate, for more info about qualifications go to http://www.gradientgivesback.com
2 Help low income families http://www.familypromise.org/
3 Act Now to stop a new HIV/AIDS crisis, Aids is the third leading cause of death among African-American Women in the 30s and 40’s , to learn more on how to help go to http://www.southernaidscoalition.org
4 Provide comfort for an injured warrior https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/Default.aspx?tsid=474&campaignSource=CDRO&source=B100137&gclid=CPCy0N2q_qwCFasaQgodBFV8UQ
5 Reforest sacred lands in New Mexico http://nmcf.org
6 Help two flooded Communities in Kentucky, http://www.Chirsianapp.org
7 Keep a home warm this winter; http://www.nationalfuelfunds.org
8 Build safe rooms in Joplin Schools; http://www.joplinschools.org
9 Change kids life and a city image; http://www.stocktongov.com/peacekeepers
10 Adopt a team for the Olympic Games http://www.teamusa.org/adoptateam