I’m about to disconnect for the next week as I head with my son and Troop 941 to Summer Camp. It’s one of the best things I do each year !! It allows me to take in nature, be around great kids/adults and meet others that I never would have known before !!
It made me think of something that has been happening more and more often. I LOVE networking with folks !! I have this huge capacity to try to connect with as many people as humanly possible. That’s just how God wired me.
I do this a bit differently than I’ve seen others lately doing somethings I’d love to see change. I wanted to encourage each of you who are kind enough to read this blog to try something when it comes to this “networking” thing . . . be intentional !!
I get a ton of Linked In requests each week. It’s cool because, like I said, I love connecting with people. However, most of the requests I get use the standard line from the platform. It says that we’re “friends” even though we’ve never met, and there’s no reason given why someone wants to connect. I find this intriguing !!
I always send a note giving a reason for someone to consider if they want to accept, if they want to connect, or why we should try to do this !! I do this on purpose because if you’re willing to be a connection, then you need to know that you just entered into a relationship that will be fully intentional.
Valuing people and what they bring to relationships is missing these days. Some people spend time “collecting” others to beef up their social media numbers thinking that volume gives them more credibility or a voice. Odd.
Now, I’m connected to literally 1,000’s of people. Here’s what’s different. I do my best to reach out to folks and drop them a line, give them a surprise call, note what’s happening to them through Facebook, Twitter, Linked In etc. These platforms can be used to truly connect people, but they are just a gateway. The next step is up to you !!
So, I plan to keep connecting and meeting folks everywhere I can. I hope that they want to reciprocate and be intentional as well. When that happens, then you can see amazing things occur. It also allows you to be sincere in making your connections link with others.
This week . . . let’s make “different” the norm. Be intentional !! You’ll love it !!