The Opposite of Networking Is Not Working
This is a quote that I strive to live by. Every time you meet someone you have the opportunity to learn from that person or to be a resource to them. It is all about giving first. I always think of my father. He lived his life this way and I know that I’m being biased, however he was the most amazing person and teacher and as a doctor a true inspiration. As a kid, I remember he would tell me every night at dinner something he learned or a life lesson that he was given by a patient.I learned so much from him and try to continue that in my life
Every morning when I see the quote “The Opposite of Networking is Not Working”—I start with a goal in mind and put it into practice.
Here is an example. I received a call one morning from Eric with whom I had worked with several years before—he was a participant in a workshop at a healthcare firm.. He remembered me and had now moved to a new position. Turns out he was also looking for a new apartment and I had just spoken to a friend in the business who was describing a place that almost seemed perfect for him. I connected the two. Several months later he moved, though not to the first apartment but to another my contact showed him. He then introduced her to three other friends who have all become her clients. I was thrilled—all because I think with that giving “headset” on.
You might say—did it come back? Remember never keep score—because things do come back down the road and we just never know when and in what form. Eric did in fact have me work with his new firm and then introduced me to two other friends and I have now worked for them also. The best part of it all is that I have developed some new relationships with wonderful, bright people.
So, yes, your network will expand and grow, just as you want it to—however continue to be a giver first and allow the relationship to grow first.