Or, the importance of great relations …
It seems like a lifetime ago … I and several friends were spending together at a little-known festival in Spain. We were there for several days of detachment, endless sunshine, and a little mischief amongst great company.
So it was with some delight I collected the call from Paul, one of those old-time friends. We spent the better part of the next hour reminiscing. We ‘chewed the cud’ and you know, the memories came alive.
The catalyst? Common experiences and the desire to reach out. So by way of conversation, the good times were vivid once more.
Most of you following my story understand why I spend a generous amount of my time engaging close contacts. By ‘being there,’ living in the moment we all learn more, together we exchange views and begin to understand.
It’s through familiarity we develop trust, and when we do that, dialogue is so much more rewarding.
In Paul’s case, he called me to discuss a book he was writing, a memoir. He was collecting foundations for different stories, each was a chapter of his life. Each one brought together over the decades. It was to be a great story. After all, he had a least one chapter now (surely) locked down after connecting via a simple telephone call.
A best-seller for sure!
So, what if you have no intentions of writing down your story, (even though IMHO you should.) Why do we reach out?
Networking is misunderstood by many. Certainly, those looking for instant gratification to their needs and wants often go away bewildered.
Each of us has a different view and so a different story.
The simple fact is, networking is about creating visuals, memories, developing stories over time, years, even decades.
Take time to engage in conversation, in dialogue and the benefits will soon be obvious. Your story means something, to someone.