Published by admin on 23 Feb 2010
OK so you are on LinkedIn and Facebook, Twitter and all the others, now what? Most people spend time reading and seeing what others are doing. Are you spending any time making a connection that is anything but virtual? At are you connecting with out a plan? Are you just looking for a job and need to connect with as many as you can?
Here is something I have done that has resulted in new business. I noticed a couple of weeks ago that one of my connections was “now connected with” another former colleague. This was someone I had not seen or heard from in literally 16 years! After connecting on LinkedIn and sending a nice reintroduction message with a few questions included, we made a telephone connection. We realized just how long it had been, how much we had changed and how much we were the same. There were some laughs – partly because we are both 16 years older and wiser. Our conversation moved to a quick luncheon date and another realization that we are moving our businesses forward in much the same fashion. How exciting!
The end result? A new customer that is thrilled to do business with me. For them? A new resource for their business. Score for both!
It is so important to act on connecting. It is important to be a resurce for your connections. you cannot simply have your eye on your own prize. In this economy with so many job seekers connections have to be about give and get.
I truly think a key to this successful transaction is the networking that happened with a simple reintroduction but the fortune and continuation of a great relationship is in the follow up. Sometimes your past may become your present and that is the gift for you both.