Super connector, speaker and social capital consultant, Terry Bean shares in his book Be Connected:
“Be aware of your surroundings and the plethora of things going on around you at any point in time. Be aware of the opportunities and signs that present themselves to you all day long. Be aware of your surroundings and all the sights, sounds and smells. Be aware of the impact that your actions can and do have on those around you. And be aware of the impact that the actions of others have on you. Be aware of what’s being said in conversations by listening intently and not focusing on formulating a response.”
Bean refers to this as your Awareness Quotient and he defines it as being in tune with the flow of your life. So, stop and become a little more aware today. As he says, “Love the moments you live, and you will live the moments you love.”
Being effectively networked, in time, becomes less about constantly meeting new people and infinitely more about staying in contact with those you already know. This notion, however, generally conjures up sentiments like, “What is it that I’m saying to all these people?” Or “I don’t want to bother these people.”
Marketing consultant Kimberly Rice share an appropriate response to this in her book Rainmaker Roadmap: “Reach out with a helpful spirit and the true intention of checking in.”
As Rice implies, offer your assistance, however they might need it, even if it’s not connected to what you do professionally. “Checking in” can be related to business transactions or starting a new position at work. But it can also relate to things that are more personal in nature, such as remembering milestones or noting family happenings, such as graduations, vacations or other activities.
Staying in contact is really less about the topic and more about the spirit that moves you.
Frank Agin talks with the hosts of the Women Your Mother Warned You About podcast – Gina Trimarco & Rachel Pitts – about the evolution of their relationship. Check out their podcast at https://womenyourmotherwarnedyouabout.com/
Frank Agin, author and founder of AmSpirit Business Connections, talks with Terry Bean (@terrybean) about the fifth pillar of a life well-lived: Relationships. For more on Terry’s work visit http://trybean.com/
Frank Agin, author and founder of AmSpirit Business Connections, reviews The Relationship Protocol by author Debra Roberts, a white paper offering insights into why we might avoid difficult conversations. Download the paper at https://www.therelationshipprotocol.com/tellme
Frank Agin, author and founder of AmSpirit Business Connections, talks with Gina Trimarco of Pivot 10 Results, a sales and leadership strategy company that helps teams be more human through improv-based training. Yes, she was a great guest, AND you can learn more at https://ginatrimarco.com/
Frank Agin, author and founder of AmSpirit Business Connections, answers questions (asked by sales pitch expert Nick Capozzi) on networking in a virtual world. Connect with Nick via LinkedIn … https://www.linkedin.com/in/nick-capozzi/
Frank Agin, author and founder of AmSpirit Business Connections, invites Christina Providence (Gestalt Professional Certified Coach) back to share about using Facebook Groups to network. Find Christina at www.theprovidencemethod.com.