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Everything I Know about Business I Learned from My Pet

Friendly greetings and eye contact are key

Like your sociable pooch, sometimes you need to get up close and personal (but no sniffing). Say “hi” in person when possible. Answer emails. Check in by phone with key colleagues and clients. Bark wildly when unfamiliar people pass your cubicle (Not really. Just seeing if you're paying attention. But feel free to “tweet” when appropriate.)

LinkedIn and Facebook make it possible to do more with less, but don’t minimize the value of face-to-face contact via local networking communities. 

At after hours meet-ups do remember that social and business can be blended, but never blurred. Fetch contacts, not notoriety.