“The currency of real networking is not greed but generosity.” Keith Ferrazzi
“Network” is defined in the Oxford Dictionary as the following:
“a group or system of inter-connected people or things” (noun)
“to interact with others to exchange information and develop professional or social contacts” (verb)
I have been thinking recently about how well connected we are today and why we see it as an important part of everyday life to connect with others. We may want to stay in touch with family members abroad, with former colleagues or to check out the background of a potential partner!
Although social networking is so useful for all of the above, isn’t it great to get out and meet people (both existing contacts and new connections) face-to-face too?
I have started to allocate time every week to focus on re-connecting with those whom I have worked with in the past. The experience is proving very rewarding as I make contact with former programme delegates, friends and clients alike. Often I find that I am able to refer one to another where I see a possible opportunity for collaboration.
At the last two networking events I attended, I came away with some really interesting new contacts, too. I always try to make at least 3 good connections at such gatherings through using pointed questions and striking whilst the iron’s hot - you never know when someone you’re hoping to talk to might leave the event! I also aim to meet a mixture of both speakers and fellow delegates to hear their views and see how we could collaborate together.
Is there anyone you would like to re-connect with over the coming weeks? Why not set aside some time to call them and meet for a coffee? You might be able to help them or vice versa!