Catching a tiger by the tail

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I hope we all spend a lot of time networking. (To paraphrase René Descartes, the famous French philosopher: I network, therefore I am.) So you have been hard at it. The FENG Member Directory Search feature is causing smoke to rise from your computer from over use, but incredible as it may ...


Jun 24, 2020

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Extending the hand of friendship

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The name of Rodney Eaton may or may not be familiar to you. Or, you may be saying to yourself that you recall seeing that name, but you don’t know where. Rodney has been a member of The FENG since 2013. And, during that time he has sponsored 184 new members. The reason you know the name is...


Jul 19, 2020

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Bestowing the gift of friendship

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As all of you are out and about networking, I hope you are aware that one of your most important member responsibilities is to invite your new and old friends who are Senior Financial Officers to join The FENG. While it is certainly true that The FENG dominates our space. And, it may even ...


Sep 09, 2020

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Things to do this week

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Top of the list is, of course, to vote if you have not already done so. My second suggestion is to NOT call anyone until at least Thursday. Everyone is “deer in the headlights” over the election. Hopefully it will be decided by end of day Wednesday so we can all get back to doing whatever ...


Nov 01, 2020

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Networking, networking and more networking

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For those of you who are new to networking and for those of you who think you know everything about networking, I thought I would take tonight’s editorial space to distinguish for you the 3 kinds of networking. The first kind of networking is identifying new networking contacts. The recomm...


Nov 12, 2020

By Matt Bud, The FENG

A lifetime commitment

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It is in some ways a shame that the idea of networking has gotten itself so tightly connected to job search. One of the reasons that I call members who have found new jobs is to remind them to continue networking. Sad to say that many people allow themselves to get so absorbed in their new...


Nov 11, 2020

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Staying close to home

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With the holiday season coming up fast, it is perhaps the time to repeat the simple advice that now is the time to be making phone calls and trying to schedule Zoom meetings. One of the great misunderstandings about networking is that things slow down during the holidays. Nothing could be ...


Nov 18, 2020

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Networking by brute force

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From time to time, someone tells me that networking as an approach is falling into disfavor. (If it does, we will have to change the name of our networking group, and I am at a loss as to how to come up with another name!) When people talk about networking in this way, the networking that ...


Dec 20, 2020

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Making small talk

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I have never considered myself a social butterfly, but I guess for many of us financial types it is difficult to start a conversation with someone we don’t know. If you give a little thought to conversations you have had over your life with people not known to you, you will fondly remember...


Sep 29, 2020

By Matt Bud, The FENG

The illusion of trust

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It is always difficult to explain why you trust someone.In our daily encounters out in the world we come across all kinds of folks. Most of the individuals we do business with on a daily basis don’t have to be our friends, and the nature of the exchanges we have with them don’t even requir...


Nov 17, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Unsolicited advice

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It is a sad fact that most men don’t appreciate getting unsolicited advice. That said, there are even those among us who reject advice they have asked for out of hand and in a dismissive way. The giving and receiving of advice is always a delicate balance. Even though probably 75% of my ma...


Jan 04, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

The golden rule

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If there is any complaint I hear more than any other, it is that those we send messages to about jobs opportunities are not responsive. Sometimes even when a company or recruiter has taken the time to interview one of our members, weeks and weeks later all that is heard is silence. If this...


Mar 22, 2020

By Matt Bud, The FENG

The sounds of silence

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If losing your job wasn’t bad enough, the reluctance of business associates at your former company, as well as those who serviced your company as attorneys, accountants or recruiters to return your phone calls can be particularly disheartening. Actually, if you gave it some thought, you wo...


Sep 27, 2020

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Putting it behind you-NOT

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Since much of what we do in The FENG is about job search, I thought it might be appropriate to make a few suggestions to everyone about what to do when you do actually find a new job. I’ll be blunt. Job search is primarily filled with uncertainty, highs and lows and activities like making ...


Dec 21, 2020

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Birds of a feather

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We are fortunate in the financial professions to be blessed with a very high degree of transferable skills. Still, the next job for most of us isn’t going to be all that much different from our last one. While it is certainly possible that we will change industries, it is less likely that ...


Jun 27, 2017

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Call me Mr. Know-it-all

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I know we don’t mean to do it, but as financial types who come to our decisions the hard way (usually the long scenic route), we often react to information being presented to us by others in a dismissive, “oh, I knew that” manner. I suppose there was a time in my life when I actually thoug...


Dec 13, 2020

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Geese and golden eggs

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One of our very most important audiences are members of the search community who are registered as Friends of The FENG. When you communicate with these folks, briefly, you are expected to behave yourself. Members of The FENG are expected to only respond when reasonably qualified. What does...


Jan 11, 2018

By Matt Bud, The FENG

If the phone doesn’t ring, it’s me

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Several years ago, a very old friend of mine called my attention to this song by Jimmy Buffet.I’m not sure why it is, but many people never call anyone. In the riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma that is life, they are also always wondering why no one calls them.When I was in co...


Dec 22, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Meeting the RIGHT folks

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Being successful at getting meetings with potential decision makers who don’t have a job right now, but who might make one for you after they meet you, is why networking is the most successful approach to finding a job. Frankly, this is how most business is really done at our level. If you...


Aug 08, 2017

By Matt Bud, The FENG

An inner circle of friends

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If there is any topic I discuss more than any other in phone conversations and in face to face meetings with new members and old members alike, it is the process of creating your very own inner circle of friends. All you have to do is talk to friends of yours who have found jobs to see how...


Mar 12, 2018

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Building friendships-a lot of hard work

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The definition of networking I use is: Networking is a process by which you can create meaningful business contacts and relationships to further your career and enhance your professional life. On a scale of 1-10, with 10 being the most difficult, networking is a 5. Building friendships is ...


Dec 10, 2017

By Matt Bud, The FENG