Are You a Resource to Your Network?

Be a Resource to Your Network

Be a Resource to Your Network

Jason Jacobsohn, writing on his blog, Networking Insights, one of our featured feeds on the Sales Management Tab, talks about a powerful networking strategy of becoming a resource to your network. The title of his article is “Become a Resource to Grow Your Network“.

I originally wrote this blog post for our Vistage Chair Blog. After writing it, it seemed like it would also apply very easily to Members, Speakers, and Trusted Advisors – so I repost it here with a few modifications.

Jason makes the case for helping others BEFORE THEY ASK to become a focal point within your network. This is a major leap that most networkers don’t get or are unwilling to accept. If you want to be seen as someone in your network that others go out of their way to help, make referrals, work your referrals for you, and generally populate your pipeline with turned-on excited prospects, you’ve got to go above and beyond the call of duty in proactively helping others before they ask you for help.

The term I use for these people are “connectors”. They naturally put people together in their networks.

When was the last time you did this without being asked?

How often do you do it?

How do you determine if someone in your network requires help from you?

Everyone complains that their network is not giving them enough referrals for potential members. Perhaps, it’s time to step back and revisit one of the basic tenets of effective networking:

You must be a giver before a taker. You must give and give and give. I guarantee it will ultimately come back to you beyond your imagination. However, like many things in life, most give up early and don’t want to do the hard work required to turn their network into a referral machine.

Barry Deutsch

About the Author

Barry Deutsch is a founding Partner of IMPACT Hiring Solutions, co-author of "You're NOT the Person I Hired", and "This is NOT the Position I Accepted". Barry is an award-winning international speaker, retained executive recruiter, and expert on hiring and retaining top talent, and executive job search.


  1. I couldn't agree more. This is something I pride myself on. I am always thinking about who I can connect. I use coffees, lunches, cocktails, facebook, linkedin and of course email to connect people on a regular basis. I can tell you that not only do the people in my network appreciate it but I now have many of them doing the same thing and it is paying off. These people are generating qualified leads for each other and it is easy. Whenever I meet someone new I think, who in my network does this person need to meet and then I choose the best medium to connect them. It does take time, but it is worth it.

  2. Mai Hassan says:

    I like the idea of giving before taking and helping people before been asked , I respect you and respect your thoughts.

  3. I love this advice! Your network is about connecting people, not just asking others for help. Helping others not only leads to an increased network, but most of the time leads to better opportunities for you in the long run. The old adage “it is far better to give than it is to receive” really comes into play perfect here.

  4. This is the #1 rule of professional networking. GIVE to your network, don’t just take. There are “friends” and colleagues I hear from who fail to grasp their concept. Whenever I receive a call or email from them, I say the following….”here it comes”. Then, they proceed to inform me of their career search.

    LinkedIn has a Great Question and Answer section. Answer the questions of others. Respond to blog articles with your input. Offer to help someone find their next gig even if you don’t know them well, or at all.

    Pay it forward!

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