How to Be a Connector

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Taught by Jen Bokoff

Jen is a connector, blogger, storyteller, and people-watcher. She is the Director of GrantCraft at the Foundation Center, and has previously done work ranging from developing tax court cases for the IRS to serving as a program officer for a private foundation to creating an emergency preparedness plan for a city. She also laughs a lot.
Jen's a Brainery groupie and wrote about it for the Huffington Post, which you should probably read and share. You can find her otherwise on twitter and tumblr and right behind you.

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Everyone knows that one person who knows everyone. If you want to learn gardening, they have a contact. A job in finance, check. A voiceover artist to coach you in starting your new podcast? Easy. But how do your peers know so many people, and how do they organize them?!

Learn about the art of being a connector (and what that even means), and what responsibilities and cautions come with it. You’ll also learn how to realize the network you already have and do the right thing with it. While this isn’t a class to learn about good networking practices in the traditional sense, you will leave with a better sense of the nuances of connecting meaningfully.

This class is perfect for people with a genuine interest in learning the art of using a Rolodex of contacts wisely, and for those who just want to appreciate how the magic happens. A willingness to participate in brainstorming and groupwork with an open mind is a must. Please don’t sign up if your primary goal is to get 14 other business cards to add to your collection... even though that very well might happen!

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