We found inspiration for today’s blog in the OED (Oxford English Dictionary). After listening to NPR’s interview with Ammon Shea, who spent the last year reading 22,000 pages of the OED in a Manhattan basement, we realized that referral networking had its own unique lexicon. Because the OED contains words and not phrases, we thought it would be interesting to fuse definitions to create a more standard interpretation of today’s heavily used networking vocabulary.
The referring of an individual to an expert or specialist for advice whom one is united in enterprise with.
A state or relationship in which there is mutual action, influence, giving and taking, correspondence, etc., between two parties.
The action of helping forward; the fact or state of being helped forward; furtherance, advancement, encouragement. The publicizing of a product, organization, or venture so as to increase sales or public awareness.
Qualified Sales Lead
A guiding indication which possesses a certain quality; a clue to exchange a commodity for money or other valuable consideration.
To construct by a process, a condition or character based upon this; kinship.
Confidence in or reliance on some quality or attribute of one, two or more leagued together; a confederate, an ally.
To put, bring, cause the return, yield, or profit of any important source of income.
Those who are bound by allegiance to and who employs the services of a professional or business man or woman in any branch of business, or for whom the latter acts in a professional capacity.
Something that serves to direct; a guide to a particular trade or professional.
The action or process of making use of a network of people for the exchange of information for professional advantage.
Oxford English Dictionary. Online ed. 2009.