Course Announcement: Networking for Analysts

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When I started this blog, I wanted it to help a particular audience rather than a particular skill set. 

I had analysts like me in mind — those who struggled transitioning into a data-heavy role. 

While much of the blog has taken shape in Excel blogging, I still intend to focus on more than any single topic — because no analyst can just depend on his Excel skills for career development.

Networking interests me in a similar way that Excel does — namely, that my experience as an analyst varied greatly from my expectations as a student. 

In fact, what I learned about networking was likely even more destructive. Because while I just didn’t learn enough about Excel, I learned the wrong things about networking. 

I thought it was all about slapping backs and kissing babies. I thought I had to talk about sports. But most destructively, I thought I had to “get” something.

People in careers like finance, accounting, and operations are so focused on the bottom line that they struggle to see networking as anything other than a transaction.

“What’s the point of networking if I don’t need a job? Why help someone if I’m not getting paid?”

I want to show analysts why networking is important — and how to do it. Fortunately, you don’t have to be a slap-happy baby-kisser to be good at it. 

I hear a course coming… 

I’ve already written a book about it and been featured on a leading blog. The next step is to roll out a course. Details to come, but I will be posting slides on Slideshare as I complete units. 

As always, your comments and suggestions are welcome.

 

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