379) Valuable Rocks

Valuable Rocks

Gold miners don’t stuff their sacks with any old rock. No. They’re selective. They choose only those rocks that they perceive to have value.

To effectively “mine” a networking event, you should take a similar approach. It’s not a matter of amassing lots and lots of connections. Rather, focus on finding value. In the long run, a few quality connections will benefit you more than a pocket full of business cards.

Any gathering of people – a party, tradeshow, or business after-hours – can be a networking event. And any of these you can mine. Use these as opportunities to wisely expand the base of your connections with a few great people upon which you can build relationships.

Then, from these valuable rocks, you open yourself to being connected to other great contacts, invaluable information, and opportunities that can make your day, week or year.


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The Golden Rule of Networking In Action

The Golden Rule of Networking In Action

No doubt, when interacting with others at networking events you are hopeful of getting things … clients, important contacts, and useful information. Understand this: The people you interact with are hoping to get these things, too. You can make an indelible impression on them by finding some way of helping them – even if only in a small way. So, as they talk, run whatever they are saying through a filter that queries: “How can I add value to this person?” This is the Golden Rule of Networking in action – Give first and get second.

There is nothing that says that you have to help them right there and then. If you can help them in that moment, great. If not, do not despair.

Just understand that you make the most of building that connection by trying to find some way you can add value to them later. It might be a referral. It might be a contact. It might be useful information for them. Whatever it may be, keep the Golden Rule of Networking in action – Give First, Get Second!

267) Plant Trees You’ll Never See

Plant Trees You'll Never See

In his book No One Gets There Alone, Dr. Rob Bell, author, speaker and sports psychologist, shares a phrase: Plant Trees You Will Never See.

In sharing the phrase, he goes on to encourage us to conduct ourselves so that we aren’t just doing things for the moment or some hopeful payback. Rather he encourages that we add value to the world in such a manner that we serve to create a legacy.

Yes, lifting up the life of someone you know is certainly a respectable act of generosity. However, working to lift up the life of someone you don’t know and may well never see again rises to a whole new level of nobility.

Planting trees that you will never see means adding value to the world – not because there is something in it for you – but rather because it’s the right thing to do.


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