Do you feel it? I do. How many times have you been approached by someone in the last 12 months who’s “taking a new spin on networking” and wanting to “only spend time building relationships with other professionals with integrity who get it?” For me – about 6 times in the last 6 months.
Glad handing in a room full of business card swappers and “lead generators” just doesn’t cut it anymore. With so much emphasis (and truth) on building a real relationship where you know, like, and trust someone, it seems like folly to head to a random mixer.
Time is tight. People are being pulled in 50 directions. when you add in the desire to be a husband, spend time with family and participate in the kids lives – the choices narrow even further.
What’s your take on “networking” today? Are you meeting a bunch of one-way-streeters looking to pump you for who you know under the guise of “lead sharing”? Or are you making real connections with connectors and master influencers?