Are You A Maven, Salesman, Or Connector?

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Are You A Maven, Salesman, Or Connector? - Quiz

Malcom Gladwell's acclaimed novel The Tipping Point describes three types of people who create change: The Maven, The Salesman, and The Connector. Which one are you? (created by Laura Alkhoury for Mr. Reist's grade 12 English class)

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You're undecided!

Don't be too hard on yourself, this just means you're well-rounded.

You are a Connector!

Connectors know large numbers of people across social, cultural, professional, and economic circles. They are in the habit of making introductions of people between these circles. Connectors are rare but very important in trendsetting, with social networks of over 100 people. They work most effectively when in collaboration with mavens since they can combine their large network with the insight and advice that mavens provide. They have a special gift of bringing the world together.
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Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Your friend has a problem: She's failing math. Although you know NOTHING abouth the subject, she asks you for help. What do you say?
    • A. 

      "I have this friend in Calculus, he's an absolute genius at math! I shoud introduce you two, and maybe he can tutor you.."

    • B. 

      "You know what, I don't know, but I'm going to find out for you. I pick up on things pretty quickly, so you sit back and I'll help you out."

    • C. 

      You change the subject, to put your friend at ease. Although you're the wrong person to talk to, you're great at persuasion and influencing emotions, so you can make her less stressed out.

  • 2. 
    What role do you play in your group of friends?
    • A. 

      I don't really have one set group, I find that I "float" between a couple (or more) groups, and I'm friends with all of them.

    • B. 

      I'm usually the center of attention. I'm pretty charismatic, and I can convince people to do things pretty easily. I enjoy conversation with people, and I'm pretty good at it, if I don't say so myself.

    • C. 

      I'm the go-to guy or girl if someone needs an opinion. I have a wide range of knowledge. Politics, social life, does-this-dress-make-me-look-fat, I'll put in my two cents. This isn't because I'm obnoxious, I'm just trying to help.

  • 3. 
    You're in a group of people that you've never met before. What's most likely to be happening?
    • A. 

      Making new connections, adding to your network of friends. You never know when all your connections will come in handy!

    • B. 

      Telling everyone about the newest thing, of course. I heard they're making a new iPhone...

    • C. 

      I'm the center of attention, as usual. Laughing loudly and making people feel good is my specialty. Charisma, charisma, charisma.

  • 4. 
    You're reading through your junkmail. What do you do?
    • A. 

      Pfftt, don't care. Delete.

    • B. 

      Skim through it, you never know what you will find! You never know, Groupon could have a deal on shampoo again!

  • 5. 
    Are you a touchy-feely person?
    • A. 

      Yeah, I like being close to the people I talk to.

    • B. 

      No, thanks.

  • 6. 
    How many friends do you have on Facebook?
    • A. 

      Not too many, I don't feel like I need people that I don't actually talk to.

    • B. 

      An average amount. I accept the people that I know/have heard of.

    • C. 

      Around 800. Although I don't keep in touch with many of them, you never know who you might need to talk to. The more, the better!

    • D. 

      I don't have Facebook.

  • 7. 
    Be honest. When you're bored, do you "creep" profiles?
    • A. 

      Yes, not gonna lie. It's not a bad thing though, I'm just curious.

    • B. 


  • 8. 
     Do you think you know people from a lot of groups in the school?
    • A. 

      Not really, I find that I stick mainly to my group of friends.

    • B. 

      Yeah, I try to make friends with as many people as possible so I know a wide range of people.

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