This may sound a little bit idealistic, but when I go to my blog, my Facebook page, my Twitter account, I talk to different people from all over the world, and you see how it’s easy to establish a dialogue. (Author Paulo Coelho)
Whether you are an author aspiring to become a living legend such as Paulo Coelho, an entrepreneur looking for new clients, representing a brand or an organization/corporation – establishing dialogue and investing in communication are essential for forming partnerships, creating lasting relationships, and for success.
“The new information technology… Internet and e-mail… have practically eliminated the physical costs of communications”. (Peter Drucker)
How do you establish dialogue and communicate online (and offline)?
Are you aware of the actual potential and value of online media, social networks, and a continuously growing online business platform such as LinkedIn? LinkedIn as an online business communication and networking platform offers more than many people and professionals have realized.
As an example of this, I want to share with you my experience of collaboration with a number of business professionals from around the world – people who I approached on LinkedIn.
What started out as an endeavor to establish dialogue online, resulted in MBA Career Stories, a free online publication which you can access here:
MBA Career Stories was written in collaboration by 33 MBA´s with different career and life paths across the globe. The e-publication serves as a career guide not only for aspiring MBA´s or students in general, but offers career, and life advice for practically anyone who enjoys reading true stories.
Extracts and best advice from MBA Career Stories:
“Always take action. You can take further corrective later if needed. This keeps your business moving forward and it is something that a customer likes to see”.
“Build relationships even with your competitors, as you never know how you can help one another”.
“Always build your network and consciously keep extending your reach”.
“Continuous learning and self-development is vital in today’s work”.
“Remember that you have two ears and one mouth” (Japanese proverb)
“Remember that you have two eyes, too”!
“Don’t ask for permission to be successful! What you choose to do with your life is not based on your parents expectations, what your teachers thought you were capable of, what your husband or partner thinks you should do or even what your friends are doing with their lives. It is all about what moves and inspires you. You should never need anyone else to tell you what that is or should be”.