BUILD A GRANULAR DATABASE
The foundation of all your networking efforts will be the creation of ta granular database. This is a term I borrowed from digital media, a field in which I worked as a consultant for about nine years. (Note: When you’re a freelancer and you have clients – people with whom you work on a contract basis. – you call yourself a “consultant.”).
Your granular database should be both electronic and portable, residing in whatever device you carry around at all times-your smart phone, iPad or laptop. You never know when and where you’ll need to connect with someone and you’ll want your database accessible.
A traditional contacts database – it was called a “Rolodex” back in the day – contained the names of one’s contacts along with their phone numbers and addresses. A granular database includes these and so much more:
- Places they’ve lived
- Places they’ve worked including their job titles
- Names of their significant others, children and pets
- Important dates in their lives
- Their hobbies and interests
- Their personality traits and quirks, pet peeves and behaviors or “sweet spots”
Read more about this Tip in *101 Ways to Find Work…And Keep Finding Work for the Rest of Your Career! By “Dr. Chaz” Austin
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