259: How to Build a Strong Network with Megan Burke Roudebush

Have you ever heard the phrase, “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know”? The people in our circles can have a large impact on the work we do and the career decisions we make. But how do we get people in our circles in the first place, and keep them there? Networking. An essential skill for managers, networking allows you to build relationships with people in and out of your industry, learn about new opportunities, and find mentors who can help you advance your career.

Today’s guest is Megan Burke Roudebush. Megan is the Founder + CEO of keepwith, a technology that is helping the world network better. Megan speaks globally, has appeared on other well-followed podcasts, has written articles on networking topics for national publications, including Fast Company, Thrive, TLNT and Law360.com, and has been featured in global publications for her networking expertise.

Megan and I talk all things networking. What it is, how to do it well, how to support your team members to network, and so much more.

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Read the related blog article: How to Network Your Way to Success


Website: www.keepwith.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/keepwithnetworking

Twitter: www.twitter.com/keepwithnetwork

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/18768126/admin/

Instagram: www.instagram.com/keepwithnetworking/

Email: megan@keepwith.com

Read the Full Transcript.


  • 00:00 Intro
  • 01:45 What is networking and how do you maintain relationships?
  • 04:17 The first step (which we often get wrong!)
  • 07:01 Building authentic, not transactional, relationships
  • 09:32 Client story: Meeting Taylor Swift
  • 10:34 Networking in vs. outside your company
  • 16:05 How to construct a networking conversation
  • 18:31 How can managers support their peoples’ networking journeys?
  • 21:15 When to say “no”
  • 24:28 Develop your networking strategy
  • 27:25 A great manager Megan has worked for
  • 28:26 Keeping up with Megan
  • 29:30 [Extended episode only] What to do during your strategic networking time
  • 33:21 [Extended episode only] How do you network with strangers?
  • 35:12 [Extended episode only] The key is humility

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