It’s always fun to win something. Which is what I did last weekend when I attended a brunch for women in the communications industry. What made this prize even better? It was a book: Know Yourself: A Book of Questions.
If you’re familiar with my work you may already know that “Know Yourself” is among the first things I teach when it comes to becoming a more Intentional Networker – and a happier, more successful person. You may also know that I absolutely love interesting questions. They get us thinking. They get us talking. I like that.
As soon as I got home, I grabbed the book and popped it open to see what would be on the page I randomly turned to. You may think this is a silly practice, but I find there is great synchronicity and power in it. The page I turned to said this: “Who do you go to when you need advice?”
Great question! An important one to consider when you’re growing and maintaining your resource network. Ah, blog-worthy!
- So, who do you go to when you need advice?
- What kinds of advice are you needing these days?
- Is it the same advice you needed 5, 10, 15 years ago?
- Or has it shifted or evolved?
- Do you know people who can provide this advice?
Folks, we can’t go it alone and be successful – or stay sane. This is one of the best reasons to make sure you have a network and that it is already (or soon to be):
- filled with wise, savvy, generous people who “get” you and your work/vision
- curated for what you are working on now
- up to date
- possibly even relevant to what you will be working on in the future
It’s not a matter of if you’re going to need advice, it’s when.
And, guess what? Other people are going to need advice, too. Are you willing to offer your most valued contacts some kind of help or value when they need it? Of course you are!
The next question then is: What can you offer them? If you don’t know, then it’s time to give that some thought.
If I can ever help you sort all this out, let’s talk. I work with smart professionals who want to be better connected, more respected, and wonderfully successful. That you? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org