I know many of you love to network. Hey, it’s one of the reasons you have attended a First Fridays Fort Wayne monthly event! One of our goals has always been to help leaders connect/network with others. I want to challenge you to, ask Emeril Lagasse would say:
Find someone you can help connect with someone else. Why?
- You probably know someone who could add value to this other person. A simple introduction could literally change someone’s life.
- Someone may be looking for a new career. Listen to learn what they are seeking. Then work to connect them to the appropriate people who may have a lead or another connection that will take them further on their job journey.
- Someone may be seeking advice from someone else who has already been down the road they want to be on. You will find that leaders can be pretty generous with their advice when they know that they could play an important role in someone else’s life path.
- Connecting others also will broaden your own network. You will learn new things. You will meet new people. You will gain a new appreciation of your community.
How do you find people to connect with others?
- Attend networking events to meet new people.
- When you meet someone new, ask great questions to discover their:
- Career goals
- And then think. “Who do I know that would make a great connection for this person?”
- Then act. Contact that person(s) you just thought of and volunteer to set up a meeting between the two. If it is appropriate, be at this meeting to make the introductions and then simply watch and listen.
There absolutely is joy in connecting others. You help others find and add value. You encourage someone along their life’s journey. You help make leaders get better.
And when leaders become better, your community becomes better.