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How often do you tap into your high school/college/etc. alumni networks to create business opportunities?

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Our reader poll today asks:  How often do you tap into your high school/college/etc. alumni networks to create business opportunities?

  • All the time: 3%
  • Occasionally: 14%
  • Infrequently: 32%
  • Never: 50%

Your network is bigger than you realize. Take a look at where you are in your career. Now think about all those folks you went to high school, undergrad or grad school with. They’re probably at similar spots in their careers. That’s a big, untapped network for selling your services or products, finding new customers, finding new partners and suppliers and looking for new jobs. Social platforms like LinkedIn make it easier than ever to reconnect with these folks. We all know cold calling is awful. Why not reach out to a lead that is warmer than a cold call and see what happens? You never know where that next meaningful business relationship will come from. Don’t ignore a big asset already at your disposal for finding it.

Do you agree with these poll results? Let us know in the comments below!

Mike Figliuolo at thoughtLEADERS, LLC

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These results were originally a SmartPulse poll in SmartBrief on Leadership which tracks feedback from more than 240,000 business leaders. Get smarter on leadership and sign up for the SmartBrief on Leadership e-newsletter.

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