Networking – make the effort

by Gillian Pritchett on November 12, 2008

Tonight as I walked through the cold deserted streets of Old Montreal towards a networking event I was tempted at one point to turn round and go home ! I was cold and I was thinking that it would probably be a waste of time…. Well, I carried on walking and here’s what I got from the evening:

– The first person to greet me opened with “I gave your name to the Haitian Young Chamber of Commerce – they need someone to give a talk on business plans and I immediately thought of you”

– I met up with someone I am working on a new business project with (CanEuropa – helping Canadian companies move into Europe and European companies move into Canada)

– someone working for an organisation representing the Rhône-Alpes region in France needed exactly the kind of services I can provide for their clients

– a fellow lecturer from HEC Montréal (we both teach Sector Analysis)enabled me to catch up with what is happening next year

– I got talking to someone who like me loves hiking and skiing so finally this Winter I may well have someone to go with

– a former coachee who months ago told me about Michael Port, who in turn was instrumental in me getting onto Facebook (where I now have 2,300 friends by the way)and working on teleseminars and information products, was there so I was able to thank her for launching me onto a path I had not expected to travel

The reason for mentioning all of this is to make the point:
– even if you’re tired, it’s cold, it’s a long walk don’t turn back when you have set out to a networking event – you never know who who you will meet nor what exciting avenues it might open up for you – personally and/or professionally

And you know what, every time without fail when I go to a networking event and wonder whether I might just not bother and head home …. these are always the ones that bring me the most value, the most interesting conversations. It’s like a little guardian angel has driven me there.

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