Meetings. Discussions. Hallway conversations.
Holiday mixers and parties.
No doubt you'll talk with more than a few people over the next couple of weeks.
Considering the busy-ness you manage, it's not always easy to (A) find time to connect and (B) make the most of each connection.
To help you out, here's my Year End Tip #1 of 7:
Make the most of each interaction and connect more!
Do you find yourself at events, wondering why you said yes, you'd attend in the first place? Have you been wary to meet someone new, worried that they'll ask you to do something that you don't have time for?
Here are the TWO connections you could make more of this holiday season...
1. Connect With New People
"Who do you know who..." is a question that can change your life.
If you're struggling to learn something new, ask your network to introduce you to someone they know who would meet you for a video chat or a phone call. Ask for introductions to the people they know.
But, not just ANYone they know. Be deliberate about building this network.
Consider the things that you're working toward and on, and the professional skills to improve.
Ask your current network to help you improve.
Find one person a month to meet for a #CoffeeChat and give yourself the chance to expand, learn, and perhaps even contribute.
2. Connect People In Your Network
"Who do I know who..." is the question to ask after meeting someone.
After you talk with someone - a colleague at work, someone at a networking event, even a family member over the holidays - think about who you can introduce them to.
Consider people in your network you know who may be able to help. When you introduce people to each other, you increase the likelihood that each person will experience more success.
Give the "gift of introductions," it could change both your lives for the better.