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This Week: Ideas for Building Your MBTI® Professional Network
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One of the best reasons to develop an MBTI® network is the knowledge you can gain from the experience of others. If there are tricks for using a type table effectively in a small group, a seasoned practitioner will know them. An experienced trainer who shares your type may have learned to flex in ways that you can use in your own life, or may have horror stories to share so you don't make the same mistakes.

To get you started, we asked folks in CPP's Independent Consultant (ICON) network to give some advice for new practitioners. These individuals were once novices, but now they're successful practitioners with a wealth of knowledge to share.

"When I ask my clients what they have found to be the most helpful aspect of our work together, 80% of them answer immediately that, along with my insights and listening skills, the MBTI Step II Form Q discussions have provided them with invaluable insight into their personality, their career possibilities, and their relationships. Understanding the facets helps them achieve greater understanding of their natural abilities and factors that would contribute to their satisfaction at work."
Gail Liebhaber, M.Ed,
Founder of Your Career Direction

"It takes a tremendous amount of time and energy to build and maintain a solid network. However, it's such an important and necessary investment for your success. Whether you have a preference for Introversion or Extraversion, thoughtful networking—where you engage in a give-and-get relationship—is key. And, it's not necessarily easy. Think about how your relationships can help you achieve your goals and make an effort to do something each day that either expands or strengthens your network. Start by making a list of your "spheres of influence" and begin to list the individuals that comprise each group. For example, you might categorize organizations or individuals by geography—your neighborhood, town, metro area, surrounding cities, foreign countries, and specific regions. Or you may want to devise a list of core memberships or relationship groups such as alumni associations, clubs, religious groups, parenting groups, friends, and even family.

"If you are having trouble getting started, think about who you talk to in any given day…at your child's school, during practice, at the gym, in your class, and list them as members of your network. Be sure to include individuals who are your core supporters—the "cheerleaders" who will continue to spur you on during setbacks or periods of self-doubt and be sure to find ways to thank them. You will be amazed by what develops down the road when you've put an honest effort into building your relationships and giving back."
Darrell Warner
MBTI Certified Practitioner

CPP, Inc.
Your Expert Personal Guide


How can you continue to polish your skills and invest in your
development? In the article "Increase Your Value—Invest in Yourself," Sharon L. Richmond, author of CPP's Introduction to Type® and Leadership, helps put everything into perspective. She provides important tips to help you begin your development planning and acquire the tools you need to be successful in your practice.

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