People are taught: “One way of getting new business is getting involved at a non-profit.” You should be getting involved for different reasons, specifically a belief in the cause and a desire to give back to your community.
People join nonprofits for lots of reasons. Often it’s from a desire to give back to the community or passionately support a cause. Other times a person is new to the community and wants to make some connections.
Being active in your community yields all sorts of unexpected benefits. As many readers of my earlier articles pointed out, you can’t be phony or push business. Others pointed out social contacts usually start on social media, not personal conversations.
It takes lots of courage to walk up to a stranger and start a conversation. You occasionally find yourself in social situations and come across really great people.
Can you make small talk? Today, technology has largely eliminated the need to walk up to someone and start a conversation.
We all get the value of social prospecting. By attending events and not being a jerk you can meet people who can advance your career, become great clients, great friends or your next spouse.
“Birds of a feather flock together.” This old proverb implies we are most comfortable socializing with people of similar age and social status.
Social prospecting operates along the same principles as dating. Desperate people don’t get dates. The person talking is the one having a good time.
Ever play a version of poker called “Pass the Trash?” Players choose cards to discard, passing them to the player on the left. This shouldn’t be your strategy as you move through life, discarding friends and replacing them with temporary new ones.
Vacations are meant for relaxing and unwinding. They aren’t extensions of the office. You want to forget about work for awhile.