Did you every attend a networking event and scan the group to look for someone to network with? Sure you have.
And have you ever made eye contact with them, made a snap judgment about their appearance or who they were with and thought, “That doesn’t look like someone I would like to meet.”? Sure you have.
Later. . . you see them again. Their energy calls to you and you glance over at them and for the second time you pass them by. Then before you know it, they are gone. The possibility of making a connection had passed. Who is the loser here?
Could that have been a missed opportunity?
Those of you who silently answered, “No,” are most likely more interested in finding someone to talk about you with rather than to make a new connection and investigate the possibility of a new relationship for mutual long-term gain for the both of you.
Others who have that nagging feeling that you could have, should have made the connection, normally could have been a player in that moment, yet for reasons you have yet to understand, you hesitated and in that moment of hesitation, opportunity was lost.
Don’t do that again! Missed opportunities are worst than making a mistake.
You have to recognize when the right place and the right time fuse and take advantage of that opportunity. There are plenty of opportunities out there. You can’t sit back and wait. – Ellen Metcalf
You can never tell what risks will pay off ahead of time, however you do know that if you don’t take any risks and at least reach out for new relationships with networkers, you will not reap any rewards.
Who knows whether you could have assisted them in their hour of need. Perhaps they just needed to be recognized and acknowledged. Maybe they know someone you need to know and could have helped you in a very special way.
Dale Carnegie once said, “You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.”
Never discount the fact that sometimes reaching out to someone new can simply be a bonding experience that allows you to make a new friend and only a new friend. Everyone you meet will not be in a position to help you – or you them.
So what opportunities are you missing now?
Opportunities are everywhere. Be more spontaneous! Look at strangers with fresh eyes. Look for possibilities. Never squander the opportunity to meet a new friend. Never miss the chance to say something helpful to someone or to reveal something of ourselves to someone new. Who knows, it may have been just what they needed to hear in that moment.
Many opportunities have been missed because we make snap judgments without giving opportunity a chance to show itself. Today make a specific intention of correcting this networking flaw.
Imagine the possibilities!
Copyright © 2010 – Larry James. Larry James is a Professional Speaker, Author and Coach. He presents networking seminars nationally and “Networking” coaching by telephone or one-on-one. His latest book is, Ten Commitments of Networking: Creative Ways to Maximize Your Personal Connections! Visit ” Networking HQ!”
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