Networkers and job seekers are always asking themselves, “How can I build stronger relationships with the people already in my network?”
Connecting people in your network that can help each other is a great way to build stronger relationships and requires little effort (most of the time).
This weekend I had a huge “AHA” moment.
My dad’s friend, Phil, owns an eyeglass store in the town where my dad owns his restaurant. Phil knew that our family had been without power for 10 days. My dad had mentioned that he was going to buy a generator so we can get the power back on in our house.
Phil came into my dad’s restaurant about an hour later and said, “I found a generator if you want it. I called my friend who is an electrician and he has a generator. He can deliver it to your house and install it in your house tonight.” My dad was thrilled and jumped at the opportunity to get power back in our house.
Successful networkers make themselves memorable by helping others solve problems. Phil solved two problems in less than an hour.
- He found a generator for my family who has been without power for 10 days
- He helped his friend sell a generator to someone who would have never been a customer if it weren’t for him.
Do you know what the best part about connecting people in your network is? It requires very little effort on your part. The two parties you connect are doing all the work and you get all the credit. How often does that happen?
I want you to do two things
- Connect two people in you network this week and tell me about your experience below. Don’t over think this! Phil connected a chef and an electrician.
- Share this article with a friend or colleague who will benefit from this advice.
Please share this article with your network if you find it helpful.