It was after midnight at a loud bar on a Saturday night. My husband and I ran into Sarah, a friend of his from graduate school. She introduced herself as an Account Executive at a large job placement firm and we got to talking. I wanted to learn about her selling approach and she wanted to see if I could speak about mindful selling to her sales team. It was late and LOUD, but we exchanged information and got a lunch date booked.
Connections occur easily when they are organic.
The only thing you have to do is crank up your awareness factor! It’s easy to meet people and connect when you realize every engagement with a human is an opportunity for connection. Be mindful of opportunities to connect- in the gym, on the train, at Starbucks, in line, at the grocery store. Everywhere!
Don’t Be Scared
Say hello! Introduce yourself! Think of a time someone started a conversation with YOU and how cool that was. Be that person! Give a compliment, make a joke, engage with others. It feels much better than staring at Instagram or checking Facebook.
Connect With All Types!
The second misconception is that just because this individuals background doesn’t directly pertain to yours, it isn’t worth connecting or getting to know that individual. Major false. I did that. My clients are all in Houston so for a while I didn’t see the value of networking in Chicago. Once I started connecting in Chicago I realized how everyone is really tied together and have no problem introducing you to their own network. Be kind to all. After all, it’s KARMA in motion.
Once you make that new, cool connection, send your information and keep in touch. You really never know when your paths may cross in the future and what the universe holds in store.
Share your new connections with me in the comments below!
Peace, Love, Sales, and Connecting!