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Walter Akana
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Beyond Networking: Creating Supportive and Lasting Friendships

You could make connections. Or with a bit more effort you can establish friendships.

As I see it, networking has typically been about getting what you want. In the process, you may be willing to help others get what they want. In other words, it tends to be transactional. Friendship, however, allows for helping each other get what we each want – without the forced reciprocity.

To be fair, one advocate for leading with giving when networking, takes a long-term view. That is, by being proactive in meeting people daily, and then nurturing these relationships, you’ll build good will and trust.

Sounds to me like sowing the seeds of friendship!
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Love your take on multi-rater assessments, Ora. Like you I use 360 Reach, and I also like StrenghtsFinder. I find these often reinforce each other. Beyond formal assessments, however, I've found there is often a wealth of insight that clients can gain from uncovering their career/brand story.
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+Walter Akana and +Ora Shtull Thanks so much for your comments, they are very much appreciated.
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Always great advice, Ora!!! 
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+Walter Akana thank you!
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Awesome post, Ora!! And so true! I love that you make December a Gratitude Month on your Facebook page. Actually, I'm a true believe in counting your blessings on a regular basis. It's a great happiness practice!! 
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+Ora Shtull I appreciate your kind words, Ora!! And I'm blessed and grateful to have you as a friend and colleague!! :)
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Awesome advice, Ora!! Sure, we've heard it before, but you present it in an attractive way! I like this one a lot!! 
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Thank you, Walter.  You're great.
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Hi Ora! These are great tips, and nicely delivered – as always, my friend! 

While I think body language tips can be a big help, something you said at the end resonated with me: “Let’s make sure our body language matches our words and intentions.”

Based on what I’ve seen, over the years, how we frame our intentions can be a big influence on our experience of meeting others. And what I’ve seen is that openness and a genuine curiosity about others goes a long way toward reducing anxiety and building rapport. 

Kind of Dale Carnegie, I know, but it works in person and over social media as well!!
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+Ora Shtull Thanks, Ora!! I appreciate your great feedback!! :) Approaching relationship building on social media does take care. Still, I've found genuine interest truly matters! Have a happy week!! ☀️
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Awesome advice, as always, Ora!! We can take this even further by finding ways to make others smile!!

I once told a Starbucks barista that a beverage she'd made me was the best I'd ever had (because it was!). Yes, it made her day. What's truly amazing, though, is that everytime I tell that story, other people smile and feel good!!

Yup! Magic!
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+Ora Shtull Aww... You're sweet, Ora! :)
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These are great tips, Ora; and I can see how they would lead to a fuller and richer vacation experience. In fact, I think they contribute to a fuller and richer life, as well! So, I'd take your thinking further and suggest making these practices part of daily living.

A good place to start, I think, is to re-evaluate (and probably dump) many of your goals. And then, think in terms of journey NOT destination. I've written about this on Success Reimagined, and am now reading Stephen M. Shapiro's wonderful "Goal-Free Living."

Hope this is helpful perspective! 
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You are Wise Walter, and I love your additions. Thank you!
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Awesome video, Ora! Having myself coached people on job transition, I agree with Jim on the importance of digital presence!! As well, I believe - as you and Jim do - that you improve your chances by always being ready!! 
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Absolutely.  Thanks for adding your nice comment, Walter!
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Shameless Plug: Nutritional Challenge

The Whole 30 Program may be one of the most demanding nutritional challenges I've taken on. Still, at six days in, it's going well! 

What tough challenges are you taking on?
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Well, +Jenni Pertuset, I think if you can put yourself back on the rails with relative ease that's what matters!! I'm glad I'm doing this now, yet think the big test will be doing it again when I go off the rails too!! ;) 
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Career/Life Strategist Specializing In Personal Branding and Online Identity
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    Career Coach Specializing In Personal Branding, present
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Introduction

Walter Akana is a career and life strategist, who brings a unique blend of training and experience in coaching, personal branding, and online identity to guide mid-career clients who are hungry for change. Using proven discovery methods, as well as his own finely-tuned perceptions, he helps clients uncover their own “brand DNA,” and then convey who they are in a way that allows them to truly stand out. Passionate about learning, self-development, and self-direction, he brings a distinctive philosophy to running his life, and to working with clients: It’s your life, own it!   

Point of View

Walter often takes a contrarian approach to traditional career advice. He sees the key to career and business success as the ability to convey one’s expertise while engaging one’s “brand community.” He believes this means shaking off the status quo and bringing distinctive value backed up by a brand story that shows others you’re the best choice to meet their needs because you’ve walked in their shoes.

Notable and Quotable

Walter’s career advice has been featured on marketwatch.com, cnnmoney.com, and online.wsj.com. A social media early adopter, he and his advice have been referenced in Smart Networking, I’m on LinkedIn, Now What?, Find a Job Through Social Networking, The Twitter Job Search Guide, and Social Networking for Career Success. He has also been invited to speak at major universities, including CU Leeds, Northwestern University, Georgia Institute of Technology, College of Management, Goizueta Business School at Emory University.

Up Close and Personal

Believing that the key to a great life is moving beyond the traditional idea of “work” and “life” boundaries, Walter brings his passion for discovery and learning to a wide variety of activities, often mixing “fun” and “work.” With eclectic musical tastes, it is not unusual to find Walter listening to Pandora Radio as he works on various client projects. A recent convert to iPhoneography, Walter enjoys the social sharing of photos with people from all over the world.

Education
  • Columbia University
  • State University of New York, Oswego
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