Is 2011 the year you get to know everyone?
Posted by Molly Wendell // in NetworkingPeople I Meet
I was at a networking function this morning, and ran into Bill – an incredibly genuine and all around fantastic guy. He introduced me to Susan by saying “This is Molly – she knows everyone!” With an introduction like that, I wasn’t surprised that Susan was interested in connecting with me to continue the conversation.
Does anyone introduce you like that? And if they don’t, why not? But what if they did? What if you crowned 2011 as the year that you embarked on a journey of getting to know everyone? And with some effort, you’ll be that person who knows everyone. It could happen. Why not?
But why do you even want to be the person who knows everyone? What difference will it make in your life? Well, a couple things come to mind. First being known as someone who knows people attracts more people to you. Rarely, if ever, do I hear people say “Oh, yes, I definitely want to connect with Joe. I hear he knows absolutely no one!” Second, it’s how you can get things done. Whether it’s finding referrals for other people or finding referrals for your own business, being known in town helps your business in a positive way (assuming you’re being known for all the right reasons!). Third, often times, the relationships you build transcend from business to personal and you find out that a whole lot of people really care about you personally and your success. And who doesn’t want that?
So, how does one become the person who knows everyone? What did I do? Well, it wasn’t easy. But I got out there. I networked like crazy. I went to association and industry functions. I had coffee meetings until Starbuck’s stock shot up like a venti double shot espresso. I made a concerted effort to know many, many, many people. And the more people I met, the more people I tried to help. The more people I connected with others, the more people had a vested interest in trying to help me. What comes around goes around, right?
So maybe you can forget a bunch of New Year’s Resolutions, and simply mark 2011 as the year that you spend really building your network. Truly make an effort. Get out there. No excuses. And start making a difference in others’ lives. In turn, you’ll be amazed what a difference it will make in yours.