Hi! This is Al Martella – thank you to Andrea for allowing me to share some thoughts about networking this week.
I believe it is important to occasionally recognize those in your network who have helped you to grow professionally or personally. I was especially reminded of that after reading an article about Jeopardy’s Alex Trebek, on the website Vulture. In the article, the Canadian-born Trebek was asked how he settled into professional life in California. He said:
“There was a man named Richard Gully, who had been a publicist for Jack Warner. We met, and because he threw a lot of dinner parties at the Bistro, an “in” restaurant in Beverly Hills. So Richard would invite me, and his being there to introduce me to people made me comfortable. And Burt Sugarman, a producer, introduced me to the backgammon-playing community. I met people that way; I didn’t have to go out on my own. And once I’d achieved a certain degree of popularity, I would play in celebrity golf tournaments and meet stars. Frank Sinatra told me he was a fan of the show. Jimmy Stewart, too. I thought, oh my gosh. These major stars watch me on occasion. I felt good about that.”
May I humbly suggest you reach out to those in your network to thank them for their role in your success.
- Who made an introduction or referral that led to business success?
- Who gave you a “winning idea” or shared some wisdom that advanced your thinking?
- Who “lifted you up” when you felt that you weren’t growing fast enough?
You know how these people are! Let them know they are appreciated.
What do you think? Andrea and I would love to hear from you and your thoughts and suggestions.
And we all pray for the recovery that Alex Trebek is dealing with now.