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.