Who do you know? Take inventory of your professional network in 15 minutes

I wanted to try something that I have been thinking about:

Giving you a 15 minute task to complete each day for a week to see if it helps jump start your professional networking efforts.

I need to make sure you don't spend more than 15 minutes on it.

Google "online stopwatch" or use the timer on your phone.

Here's the activity for today:

I want you to write down the names of people you know.

You can write them on a piece of paper, or in Word, or on a spreadsheet.

It doesn't matter as long as you can find them later.

Here are 10 ideas to stimulate your brain. These are groups of people you may know.

1. Family

2. Friends

3. Co-workers

4. Co-workers from previous jobs

5. Co-workers who have left for other jobs

6. Social or professional clubs

7. Religious institutions

8. People you have met from existing networking activities

9. Alumni

10. Influencers in your industry

Set the clock for 15 minutes, and hit start.

When the time expires, stop!

On your marks, get set, GO!

When the timer expires, STOP!

How did you do?

Let me know how many names you came up with. That's it.