Making a connection with others who work in the same field or a similar field can prove to be beneficial in many ways. The biggest mistake that is most commonly made is reaching out to as many people as possible instead of developing quality relationships, building bonds with people smaller groups of people over time.
Can you guess what happens when you build real relationships with the people you have connected with? Those people, who now consider you a trusted colleague, will want their peers to connect with you as well. After spending some time getting to know this new group of people and earning their trust, they will feel compelled to introduce you to others, thus expanding your circle of connections quite rapidly.
Just a few minutes each day is all it takes to develop lasting relationships with colleagues you may have yet to connect with, and doing so is much easier than one may think.
Find a Friend in Need
- It could be a co-worker, former employer, or someone that lives in your neighborhood. If you cannot decide on someone in particular, think about a person you know that has a project coming up and could possibly use some assistance in completing said project. This person is your “friend in need.” Helping them is not only a mutually beneficial practice, but one that could boost your positive reputation.
Think About Who They Should Know
- Now, think about someone your friend in need should know. It can be someone who assist with the project they are working on, or someone who simply works in the same field. The key is to make sure both people could gain from knowing one another.
Receive Clearance from Both People
- This part is significant. You will want to speak with each person directly and explain the positives of them meeting and connecting. Don’t try to make the connection unsolicited, as it could cause an end to your efforts before they even meet. As long as you speak to them individually first, they should not have any problem meeting one another.
Be the Connection Conductor
- Now it’s time to make the connection. You do not necessarily have to invite them to lunch or get overly; simply including them in a group email would suffice. But, you should know both parties and their preferences. They may value face-to-face interaction much more than an email or phone call.
Allow Everything Else to Work Itself Out
- Don’t get involved or try to micromanage everything. Take a step back and let the connection flourish (so long as the individuals involved mesh well). Your job is done.
How does connecting two people benefit me?
It doesn’t. At least, it doesn’t benefit you directly.
The goal isn’t to do something for your benefit; the goal is to do something for others that will end up building your relationship with each of them. You are likely to receive benefits down the road because once you have made the connection for others, others will want to make connections for you. It’s an act of good that can continue to give for years to come.