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By J. Scott G. | Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Why Schmoozing Is an Epic Waste of Time

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Schmoozing. We’ve all done it.

Whether it was with a boss, a friend, or a potential business connection, we’ve all gone out of of our way to blather about our work—past successes, current projects, future goals—in the hopes of feeling important or making a connection that may prove valuable down the line. If you haven’t, then you’ve at least been on the receiving end of it.

But schmoozing is an epic waste of everyone’s time. Here’s why:

By Todd Dewett | Wednesday, September 25, 2013

You’re in the people business: Management Tips

You're in the people business.

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Whether you’re in the accounting business, the packaged-food business, or the design business—the truth is you’re in the people business. Business is all about people and relationships. Networking has been a well-known business practice for decades, but the term has become so clichéd that many underestimate its value. That’s a shame, as networking can make or break your professional success.

If you haven’t yet set up a LinkedIn profile for online networking, make that your first priority. You should also join several relevant professional associations, attend their monthly meetings to make new contacts, and volunteer to be on their boards. Don’t have time for all that? Then prepare to be passed over for people with better networking skills. Like it or not, success often depends on who you know.

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