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Hugs & Networking

I am home from a networking event where I got 3 hugs.  One was from a person I just met at the event.  She and I hit it off because of my experience being a widow and facilitating a Griefshare group and her experience with grief as well as her jewelry business.

Then there was a hug from a friend I met a couple months ago.  It is nice to know that after just a couple of months of knowing each other hugs are appropriate.

Savoring

However, there is one hug I am especially savoring because it was long.  I felt safe, secure and comforted.  It has been a long time since I got those feelings from a hug.

Hopefully God will bless me with more hugs that make me feel that way at some point in my life.  Even if it is a relationship where we spend the rest of our lives dating.

Grateful

I am grateful for all three hugs.  They were special in their own unique way.

Granted

Don’t take the hugs you get daily for granted.  When they are gone, it something you miss with an intensity that is so deep and intense, it is impossible for me to accurately describe.

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What True Networking Is About

True networking is not just about you but also about other people.

You might not see the value in a relationship with Suzi but maybe at the event you attend 2 months later you and Fred meet.  After talking to him, you know he will benefit from talking to Suzi.  However, she is not at this event but you do have her contact information at home.  So you tell Fred about Suzi and when you get home you email Fred her contact information.

That is called being a connector and it is part of networking.

Future Value

When we meet you might not see how knowing me will benefit you. However, somewhere down the road you might decide we need to have coffee and discuss some things.  That is called future value.

Info Overload

If you do not want to keep business cards, then put the persons contact information in an Excel spreadsheet, Access database or a Word document.

Keep contact information handy, you never know when you will need it or when someone you know or just met will need it.  You would want someone to treat you with the same courtesy.

“You Must Remember This”

It all goes back to:

“…Love your neighbor as yourself.”  Matthew 23:39

“So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.”  Matthew 7:12 (NIV)

Weekend Wisdom

Samuel Johnson on Networking

“If a man does not make new acquaintance as he advances through life, he will soon find himself left alone.” 

 Samuel Johnson

Samuel Johnson (18 September 1709 [O.S. 7 September] – 13 December 1784), often referred to as Dr. Johnson, was an English author who made lasting contributions to English literature as a poet, essayist, moralist, literary critic, biographer, editor and lexicographer. (Biography courtesy of Wikipedia)