Friday challenge: Meet someone new this week.
On select Fridays I will pose a challenge to you, the reader, to improve your lives and careers in some small way. Do you accept the challenge?
Network building is important for everyone's career and even personal lives. Thousands of articles testify to this. Tools like LinkedIn make it easier to find and connect to people in a targeted way. But, to more fully form the bond the connection must go beyond a digital interchange of information.
Reach out and get to know someone new. Have a conversation. Learn their story.
It doesn't have to be in person right away. It can start with a phone call. When you visit with your new acquaintance make it more about them and less about you. Be patient in the process and let them tell their story. Ask good questions. Don't be in a rush to tell all about you. They will like you all the more for it.
Meeting someone new is always a bit awkward. But, once the ice is broken things tend to roll along. The new acquaintance doesn't have to turn into your best friend. It's just getting to know someone.
Meet someone new and develop the relationship. Explore. Who knows what will come of it?