The Art of Connecting People
When I attended my first marketing conference in the spring of 2008 there were more than two thousand people in attendance. I knew fewer than a dozen of them and had not met any of them in person previously. To say that I was intimidated would be an understatement. All of my fears rushed towards me when I thought o starting and growing an online business. But I managed to push those thoughts away and started speaking with the people around me.
It was on that first day that I discovered something about myself that I had never realized before; I had a gift for introducing people to others who would be beneficial connections for them in the near future. This happened quite my accident at first and soon I was enjoying the process of connecting people with others.
Allow me to explain this in a little more detail. It begins when I am speaking with someone in person. They say something that sticks in my brain as I continue to listen to them speak. Then I speak with someone else and somewhere deep in my mind I can feel a connection coming together. Then I introduce the two of them, excuse myself after a couple of minutes and leave them to figure out what that connection might me. Sometimes I hear from one or both of them about what they came up with. Many times I hear it from someone else days or weeks later. And in some cases I am still waiting to hear what happened after connecting people I believed were meant to know each other.
Without breaking confidentiality I will tell you that I have connected people within the online marketing space whom have gone on to create great things that benefit many people. I take no credit for this, as I am just acting on a gift from God that is part of who I am. But I do get pleasure from hearing about what has become of a relationship that I helped to initiate.
These days I am always focused on learning as much as I can about the people I meet from all walks of life to understand who they would most benefit from being connected with. If someone is resistant to this type of connection I step away because something in their life experience caused them to lack trust in others. But for those who are open to playing the game of life full out I enjoy the process immensely.
Have you ever connected two people who went on to have a positive and mutually beneficial relationship? What was that like for you? I truly believe there are no coincidences in our lives and that we are meant to connect with other people to further our work in the world. I would encourage you to think more about this concept and see what conclusions you come to about the power of connections and connecting people together.
I’m Connie Ragen Green, online marketing strategist, bestselling author, and international speaker on the topics of entrepreneurship and inner game mind shifts. Let’s connect to see how I may best serve you in the near future.