Connectorati Tip: Kith, Kin, and Kindlers

Each month Tech After Five features a monthly Connectorati Tip to include in our newsletter; providing our readers with the latest tips for networking success. For the January newsletter we featured this Connectorati tip, a note of reflection on the importance of recognizing your “kindlers” by Tech After Five founder, Phil Yanov.

Connectorati“In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.” – Albert Schweitzer

As I am crafting my goals for the year, I stopped to reflect on the people that have inspired me and helped keep the flame burning for me both personally and for my various work enterprises. We are all born into our kin group and we certainly know who they are and how they influence us. Kith might best be described as that much larger group of people we come into contact with professionally, but there is a third group that we draw to ourselves or are otherwise lucky enough to connect with and draw inspiration from. They help us remember why we do what we do. They put us back on the path when we lose it. Our Kindlers are like muses bringing us good ideas when we are open to them.

A good Connectorati knows to cherish and nurture those connections. Make a list of the people who are on your Kindler list. Next to their names list how they have helped you. Now don’t forget to thank them. A handwritten note telling them you appreciate their effect on your thinking would be entirely appropriate. Next, find out how you can rekindle a flame for them or others. Who would have you on their list of Kindlers?

What’s the Connectorati? Click at your own risk.


Phil YanovPhil Yanov is founder of Tech After Five, president of the GSA Technology Council, tech columnist for Greenville and Columbia Business Magazine, guest host on ETV Radio program Your Day and blogger at Thinkhammer.

Connectorati Tip: How to Get Your Name in the Media

Each month Tech After Five features a monthly Connectorati Tip to include in our newsletter; providing our readers with the latest tips for networking success. For the December newsletter we featured this Connectorati tip, an anecdote of wisdom by Tech After Five founder, Phil Yanov.

ConnectoratiA little bit of publicity with the right crowd can be a real help. It’s a lot more fun to meet someone new who already knows you because they have seen your name in a public place.

Want to know how to get your name or picture in the paper? Or get your story on the news or be heard on the radio? I know the secret. I learned it from a very popular radio personality years ago.

It was my job to host a panel of media professionals appearing before a group of small business owners to talk on the topic of publicity. In setting up the panel, I met with talk show host Ralph Bristol. I asked him, “Ralph, many small business owners would like to get some free publicity. They’d like to get the boost they think that might give them. Simply put, how can they get their name on the radio?” He looked at me and said, “Shoot somebody.”

What’s the Connectorati? Click at your own risk.


Phil YanovPhil Yanov is founder of Tech After Five, president of the GSA Technology Council, tech columnist for Greenville and Columbia Business Magazine, guest host on ETV Radio program Your Day and blogger at Thinkhammer.