Stupid Networking Mistakes: Not Respecting Time |

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Here’s another of those stupid networking mistakes people make that defeats the purpose of networking–not respecting time

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I'm Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter. I coach people and organizations and try to help everyone be bigger in the world, whether that's an individual who's in a job search, trying to help someone perform at a higher level throughout the search, whether it's an organization that's just being ineffective in some way, shape, or form.. I try to help people and organizations be better at what they do.

Today's video is one of those "stupid networking mistakes" videos I've done from time to time, and I haven't done one in a real long time so I thought this would be a good opportunity to. It comes from a conversation that popped into my mind some years ago, where someone reached out to network with me.

Okay. So, I agreed to meet with him sit down, try and offer some advice and counsel. And we're sitting down and he's asked for 30 minutes of my time. And I noticed on my watch 35 minutes, 40 minutes. And I have to pause for a second and go. You know, we're over time right now. You asked for 30. I've got some place to be. We really haven't done anything yet. Why did you waste my time to beat around the bush here?

And, you know, I got a fumbling answer back. I'll just simply say, when you network with someone, you're asking them to take time out of their life for you. It's not about the work day; it's time out of their life, and to waste it by being unprepared, to waste it by just simply chit chatting about nonsense, ostensibly to help build a relationship. But that is what's going on. I know, mentally, I had a clock going off in my head and I kept waiting for them to talk and talk. And that's all they did-- talk. They never asked me anything that was useful professionally to them and certainly not for me.

So I want to remind you, time is precious. You're asking someone to interrupt their life, their calendar, to invest something in you. You may call it mentoring, you may call it coaching, you may call it networking. Whatever it is, they've interrupted their day, to offer that time and counsel that you say you wanted and then you wasted. Not respecting someone else's time is one of the dumbest things that you can do in the search and in your career. Respect it.

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Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1600 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.” He is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council. “No BS JobSearch Advice Radio” was recently named a Top 10 podcast for job search. was also recently named a Top 10 YouTube channel for job search.

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