A few month’s ago, as I was thinking about the power of networking, this phrase kept running through my head:
“A true connector measures their effectiveness not by who they have CONNECTED to THEMSELVES, but by who they have CONNECTED to OTHERS.”
So often, I think we try to measure how effective we’re networking and connecting by how many people we’ve built a kinship with or how many people we’ve added on our various social networks. If that is the only way we’re measuring our effectiveness, I think we’ve missed the mark.
The measure of a true connector isn’t simply how many relationships they’re able to develop. Rather, it’s their ability to take two people in their network and connect them with each other. I firmly believe it’s when we do this that we will truly start to see the success of our networking abilities.
Whenever you make a new connection, ask yourself two questions:
· Whom do I already know that needs to know this person?
· How could this person help someone I already know who needs it or who do I know that could help this person?
Our true effectiveness is not measured by the number of people we’ve connected with but the number of people we’ve connected to each other.
Do you have any examples of how you’ve used this principle to connect two people who would have not have connected if it we’re for you?