Dear Experts, In your opinion, what do you think is the best way to connect with the top people in a given field? The T.A.P. experts addressed how to connect with influencers on Twitter:@heatherhuhmanQ#121 Agree w/other experts. Twitter, LinkedIn & even Facebook R great places to start! Then, expand offline. @beneubanksQ#121 Twitter connects w/ people easy/fast, but you have to expand that to other things, like phone calls, to be very effective. @kgrantcareersQ#121 First identify who top people n industry R. U can ask around by asking people n industry or Google. @gradversityQ#121 Simple. Social networking sites (especially LinkedIn). @sweetcareersQ#121 Agree w/ other experts & be GR8 at what you do=expand your field. Industry leaders won't help but notice. @haroldmellorQ#121 Agree w/others Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook are great places to connect with the top people within an industry. @juliaericksonQ#121 What's reason 2 connect; ask 4 info interview; VIP usu sez Y, won't like 2 B used; C what U cd do 4 them.. @dawnbugniQ#121 Agree w/ social media & networking ideas. Volunteering also great. You never know who shares your passion. @louise_fletcherQ#121 Agree with others on tools, but would add that research and a personal approach is key.We all like to feel admired. @ValueIntoWordsQ#121 Join key industry association immediately volunteer for active role on cmtee where top leader is active. @jtodonnellQ#121 Pick up phone & call, or reach out via social media. AND, use 3Ps of networking - Polite, Patience & Positive. Our Twitter Advice Project (T.A.P.) is no longer an active campaign. To find an answer to the above question, please use the "Search" box in the right-hand column of this website.

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I recently worked on a pro bono project for a friend, and it reminded me of a time early in my career and how lucky I was then to get such great advice from the more seasoned pros around me. Advice that ultimately saved me from some major pitfalls. I made mistakes here and there over the course of nearly 20 years of projects, but with each hiccup came a lesson. Here are some takeaways from my lessons learned and all that sage advice.

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