Okay I was skeptical. One day I got an email from someone I “sort of” knew in high school wanting to connect for coffee. “We live in the same town, why not connect?” she suggested. I was the same age as her brother, but I still had a picture of her perched on the backseat of my top down VW convertible in the parade for our rivalry football game in the Rose Bowl. Debi Frausto.
>One by one, Debi introduced me to some of her network, each person more creative, smart and unique than the last. These “contacts” gave me new ideas, leads, hired me for work, and made my head spin with delight. When I landed my first job through a contact of hers, I asked Debi if she wanted a referral fee? “No, I just like connecting people,” she replied. How lucky was I? New work contacts and a really cool new/old friend who was always scheming new ideas and projects. Finally I gave her a copy of Now Discover Your Strengths so I could know what made her so good at networking. She, in turn, gave me more contacts and a terrible picture of me from high school for Christmas. Bleeech!
When your high school “friends” send you a note to connect, how do you respond?
What was your experience? I’d love to hear about it. If you haven’t connected yet, it might be well worth your time, you may end up as pleasantly surprised as I was.