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Four Tips for Building an International Network

June 01, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 162

Last week I was was presenting in Sydney Australia, when I met a young lady named Natalie. She introduced herself to me and said that she had read about me in a book that she recently downloaded. I of course found this very interesting and began to inquire about the book. It's a book about branding yourself, she says. The light bulb went on! The authors of that book are friends of mine in Indianapolis, Eric Decker and Kyle Lacy. We had a great conversation about the book, the case study about me, and instantly had rapport with one another because we had something in common. Further more I could hardly wait to let Eric and Kyle know about the connection. It made my world feel small and comfortable, even on the other side of the globe.

With Social Media like sites like Facebook and Twitter and International face to face networking organizations like Rotary and BNI the world continues to shrink. At this time there is hardly a country on the planet that I do not know someone or can be connected to someone.

Today it is not hard at all to build a global network. Here are a few things that you can do to increase your global connections and create contacts around the world.

  • Social Media - Get active on sites like Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn and start connecting globally. These are the big three. But, I have found there are more region specific sites like Ecademy that are heavily used by Europeans, so I am able to have more conversations and stay up on world topics by participating there. There are also sites that are more heavily influenced by Asian participants too.
  • Attend international trade shows and conferences. Attending workshops with people from all over the world allows you to connect over a common interest. This opens the door for future conversations and connection. Don't forget to follow up with the people that you meet! I am a member of the National Speakers Association and one of my best connections came from the New York Conference where I was able to meet with Lindsay Adams President of the International Speakers Association. I had the opportunity to co-present with him while I was in Australia!
  • When the opportunity to take a program comes up go to a city with international influence. Given the opportunity I prefer to go to Chicago because I know that I am more likely to meet people from all over the world than I would if I stay in my own town. I have made several great contacts using this tactic alone.
  • Get involved in international organizations like BNI, Toastmasters and Rotary where you can connect globally while doing business locally. These are organizations that have large global memberships and a common cause they encourage you to stop in and visit the local chapters when you are in the area.If you want to build a global network you have to step out of you normal comfort zone.

Be adventurous, be friendly and invest some time into your network. Soon you will have connections around the globe who will enjoy helping you too.

Hazel M Walker is author of Business Networking and Sex, not what you think. Based on a survey of more than 12,000 men and women Hazel and her co-authors take a practical yet humorous look at how men and women do business and connect differently. As a professional speaker and member of the National Speakers Association she travels the world speaking and working with a variety of organizations. You can learn more about Hazel at or

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