September 30, 2017
I am the Group Leader for the ProVisors (top notch group of trusted advisors to business executives and owners) Ontario group. Last week, we celebrated our 5 year anniversary….. aren’t we a sharp-looking group! HUNDREDS of referrals and business connections later, we continue to be quite successful and have increased the value we provide our collective clients. I know my clients have benefited.
When I joined ProVisors as a member, I truly had no idea how I would provide introductions and connections to some of the members. Their professions just didn’t seem to arise much in my consulting profession. Fast-forward 7 years and I LOVE to be able to connect people. I can’t remember the last time I received even the most obscure request where I couldn’t find someone who knows someone to meet the need. Talk about the value of connections!
One tip to implement this week:
Take stock of your connections. Start by making a simple list of the people you know. List everyone – your alumni connections, trade association connections, work connections, personal life connections, service providers etc. I bet you know more people than you realized. If not, make a concerted effort to meet a 1 or 2 people this week and get to know them. Actually, that’s not a bad idea regardless!
Next, look for a way to provide value to 5 of your most valued connections – perhaps one a day. At a minimum, pick up the phone and give them a call. That will spur ideas on how to create value – or, perhaps, you’ll create value on the spot during the phone call. Often, the simple act of the phone call demonstrates that you care and goes a long way. Do the same thing the following week. I bet you’ll be surprised as to how it evolves! Keep me posted.