Making a connection is hard… but necessary.
And sometime soon the best way to start is to connect others.
Here’s what I mean.
This past week, my weekly challenge from Praxis was to go out to coffee with someone who had more social status than me. My goal in our conversation was to find a way to get them to connect me with two others who could help me with a current project.
From the get go, I was apprehensive about this. Not because I was afraid of asking someone out for coffee; I do that all the time. Nor was I afraid of asking for a favor.
I was apprehensive because I don’t have another current project.
I’m doing this one project for Praxis until I start up the placement process again. I’m happy with all the things I’m doing at work, and I know I have just the right amount on my plate at the moment. Thus, another project isn’t something I’m interested right now.
So how could I use this challenge to my advantage? What could I change about it to make it valuable to me right now?
This was what was going on in the back of my mind at the beginning of this week while I was at work. My main job isn’t customer connection so one day I wasn’t chatting with a particular customer who was new to our store.
In the course of our conversation, I discovered he was from Ireland and currently studying paleontology. Interesting, but I didn’t think that it would lead to much for me.
Then he said something that made my ears perk up.
“I work for a production company,” he said. “Oh?” I replied. “What kind of production company?”
My new companion proceeded to explain that his company worked for concerts, running sound and lighting. That stuff is dang cool; it may not be exactly what I want to be doing at but it is something I love to know about.
But you know what? I have a friend who loves that stuff. That’s what he wants to do.
So what did I do? I gave the guy my friend’s business card and called my friend to give him the phone number of the guy and his boss as well.
So this past week may not have been what I was planning on initially. But I learned this:
connecting your friends with others can be just as valuable as the connections you make for yourself. Connections you make for your friends can be just as good for you as for them.
What did I get out of this? A good conversation, a couple of phone numbers. Maybe not that much.
But I also got the satisfaction of potentially making a couple of people’s lives better, just simply by being friends with a random guy.
You never know the connections you make for your friends until you start talking with others.
Who are you going to talk to this week? What are going to be the connections you make for your friends?