This is a guest post by Dr. Steve McSwain, an author,speaker and an incredible leadership coach. Please feel free to connect with Dr. Steve on Facebook, Twitter or Google+
When you think “hamburger: what comes to your mind?
McDonalds? Perhaps.
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What about “computers?”
Apple? Microsoft?

What about mobile phone providers?
…or, pizza? Lingerie? Airlines? Rental cars?

When I think of rental cars the first thing that comes to my mind is Hertz.

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No doubt the Internet and the Social Media have enhanced how business is done today. Opportunities today are more then ever and so is the competition, so is the noise! Everybody has the opportunity to do more, be more – it's a level playing field today! Internet has given the platform to people from around the world to interact with leaders in various industries, learn, contribute and grow.

Beware of Self Proclaimed Marketing, Internet Expert, Social Media Experts and Life Coaches

When it comes to networking, I go by the principle, "Treat everybody as genuine until they prove themselves to be otherwise." Therefore, I generally accept all connection requests and disconnect or ban people later if I realize it wasn't a good decision.

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