Hey, want to know the secret sauce to making friends or being the next networking ninja? Pop this zinger of a question first: "How may I help you today?"
Hold onto your hats, connecting isn't just sliding into DMs with a “Hey, I think you're cool. Wanna link up?” Nope, it demands a dash of daring, a pinch of asking, and oh, keeping the ‘me, myself, and I’ show on the down low.
Ever noticed how sometimes people turn into human magnifying glasses, zooming into their wants so much that the other person becomes a mere blurry dot? That’s a no-no in the handbook of top-notch connecting! Networking has no place for me monsters!
Instead, roll out the red carpet for them, asking: "What's the magic I can bring into THEIR world?"
Why on this Earth should anyone care about connecting with you, UNLESS you swoop in with a reason that resonates for them?
Sure, your ambitions are your little babies, and your worldview is your prized spectacle. But remember, without a bit of relevance, to others, it might just be another boring encounter in the vast social jungle.
You see, underneath the glittering jewels of ‘importance’ or ‘specialness’ lies a universal truth: Everybody's got something they are missing, even the most successful person there.
Face-to-face with such people, you realize, woah, they’ve got their own bundle of chaos and my task is to figure out how I can help.
Here's a tiny nugget from my adventures in human connection: Spotting the cloud above someone’s head and gently asking: "May I hold the umbrella for a bit?" has unzipped worlds of wonders! Here is to Building Relationships That Last A Lifetime!