Connect With Your Colleagues
Making a connection with your colleagues can prove to be valuable in the projects your team needs to complete as well as the potential for you to advance in the workplace.
Making a connection with others who work in the same field or a similar field can prove to be beneficial in many ways. The biggest mistake made is reaching out to as many people as possible instead of developing quality relationships and building bonds with people a few at a time.
Can you guess what happens when you build real relationships with the people you have connected with? Those people, who now consider you as their friend, will want their friends to meet you. After spending some time getting to know this new group of people and earning their trust, they will want to introduce their new friend to their friends. Eventually, this circle expands, and you have succeeded in creating long-lasting connections with colleagues.
In just a few minutes each day, you can make the connections that will prove to be beneficial to you in your area of work, and it isn’t as difficult as most people think it is. I can tell you how to make it happen with a handful of simple steps.
Find A Friend In Need
- It could be a co-worker, former employer, or someone that lives in your neighborhood. If you cannot decide on someone, in particular, think about a person you know that has a project coming up and could possibly use some assistance in completing that project. This person is your “friend in need”, and you will make it your mission to introduce your friend to someone else.
Think About Who They Should Know
- Now think about someone your friend in need should know. It can be someone who would be beneficial to the project they are working on, or someone who simply works in the same field as your friend in need. The key is to make sure both people could gain from knowing one another.
Receive Clearance From Both People
- This part is significant. You will want to speak with each person and explain that you would like to introduce them to each other. Don’t try to make the connection unsolicited as it could cause an end to your efforts before they ever even meet. As long as you speak to them individually first, they should not have any problem meeting one another.
Be The Connection Conductor
- Now it’s time to make the connection. You do not have to invite them to lunch or get personal with it; simply including them in a group email will suffice.
Allow Everything Else To Work Itself Out
- Don’t get involved or try to micromanage everything. Just take a step back and let them work things out. Your job is done.
How does connecting two people benefit me?
It doesn’t. At least, it doesn’t benefit you directly.
The goal isn’t to do something for your benefit; the goal is to do something for others that will end up building your relationship with each of them. You are likely to receive benefits down the road because, once you have made the connection for others, others will want to make connections for you with great people you need to know.