SIX DEGREES OF SEPERATION – How about Two Degrees?

 Six degrees of separation is the hypothesis that anyone on Earth can be connected to any other person on the planet through a chain of acquaintances with no more than five intermediaries.


According to Networlder Melissa Giovagnoli, it’s really a smaller world than that. After more than twenty years’ experience assisting thousands of entrepreneurs, executives, and professionals to decrease the time, effort, and cost it takes to create new business opportunities, she has developed Two Degrees, a winning system for working within this increasingly networked world.


In her upcoming book, “Two Degrees: How We Have Gone from Six Degrees to Two”, Melissa explains, “The good news is that the system I created, Two Degrees, will provide the direction and motivation to create the connection they have lost with the onset of the Internet and its dramatic effect on the way we do business. Ever since the Six Degree experiment developed by mathematicians, Strogatz and Watz, revealed that, surprisingly, we are, on average, only six people away from anyone we would like to meet, networking advocates have been pursuing a path that would reduce that number. Today, the Internet proves that this number has decreased dramatically.


For example, if you were to look at the website, www.linkedin.com, you would see that I am just one person, or two degrees, from 500 vice presidents of companies of varying sizes in such locations as Chicago, New York, and San Francisco. You would also learn that out of the Fortune 500 list, there are at least 200 companies that have hundreds of senior managers, directors, and vice presidents. These are companies like Disney, Microsoft, Motorola, and Oracle, to name just a few.”

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ABC News, March 16, 2006


“Since there are indeed great advantages to online networks — including promoting your professional strengths and personal interests as well as connecting with like-minded people — consider creating a free account on a site like LinkedIn.”


The New York Times, November 6, 2005


“Mr. Blaustein tried making prototypes out of foam, but realized early on that he had the wrong academic credentials. Using LinkedIn, an online networking tool, he found Baron Brandt, a professional industrial designer who now works for Nike.”




MSNBC, December 21, 2005




“LinkedIn is very good for browsing relationships and hooking into your contacts’ networks. It re-connected me with high-level execs I hadn’t talked to for some time, who then helped me close various deals. It’s also an interesting way to find references for people or companies you’re getting to know.”













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