You never know when the next conversation will be the one that will change your life.
Sometime ago I arranged a chat with a creative connection, after I felt I was being swamped by a certain mind-set. Since then with a purpose, I look at new ways to be creative about networking and business.
Here are just four tips to help you do it better:
Circulate (Get Out into the real world)
Oprah did it, and you can do it, too. It’s time to leave the comfort of your corner suite, cubicle, garage, coffee shop, or home office, get out into the world, and network.
Oprah was sharing food and conversation in a social setting. We all do it. Why not do it better?
Step outside from your comfort zone
I started a café style conversation four years ago, and this has led to a series of more conversations that have helped shaped my life and work.
“Using seven design principles and a simple method, the World Café is a powerful social technology for engaging people in conversations that matter, offering an effective antidote to the fast-paced fragmentation and lack of connection in today’s world.
Based on the understanding that conversation is the core process that drives personal, business, and organizational life, the World Café is more than a method, a process, or technique – it’s a way of thinking and being together sourced in a philosophy of conversational leadership”.
Larry King once said, “I never learned anything while I was talking,” and he was right! It’s better to impress someone by showing interest in them than to talk too much about yourself. This is your opportunity to gather information and find where you can help them or connect on a project yourself. At the end of the day you can empower others just by listening to them—and that can be a gift in itself.
Franklin Levinson, the Horse whisperer from Maui, daily conversations is an example of how he shares his lifetime skill and experiences of building trust with horses.
Several magical conversations later, arranged around Cardiff and Swansea and on Skype, I am able to share great insights from conversations with other strategists, who I believe help people to see the world in a more connected way.
Grow yourself and your business at the same time and just start getting out of the office!
Whether you’re with potential clients, colleagues, or friends, circulate and meet others outside your immediate circles. You never know when the next conversation will be the one that will change your life.
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