Have you ever watched a flower delivery in progress? A floral arrangement makes a grand entrance and is carried with such a sense of purpose. They make a statement, attract attention, and you can’t help but watch them go by. We may not even see the person holding them, just the flowers. He (or she) walks in confidence that their package will be welcomed with surprise, a smile or even joyful tears. As that flower delivery man makes their way through the building, they create a wake of curiosity and broad smiles. What’s the occasion? Who’s the lucky recipient? When the flowers arrive at their destination, there’s such magic in the moment. What a great and memorable gift.
Recently I met with an amazing woman. She’s part of a skilled team of knowledgeable faith-based business owners who help others learn how to turn a new business idea into sustainable income. Because her group works with such diverse people with diverse needs and visions, they’re always watchful for like-minded people that may be able to come alongside. She believes that no matter what idea someone has for a business, there’s someone out there with those gifts and talents, who knows how to help them and make it work. It’s magic waiting to happen.
In the early days of trying to put my website together, I really struggled. I worked for almost 2 years, not really making much headway because I found the back end so much more complicated than what I was used to. Because none of my local friends were using the WordPress platform no one could help me figure out what I needed to know to make it work. One day, I met a young woman at my day job who was extremely well versed in website creation. By the time I found her, I was ready to pay lots of money for help. She agreed to meet at my house and within hours, she had me up and running. Not only that, I had learned what I needed to know to keep moving forward. All for less than $100.
Right now, someone out there needs you.
They need what you know, exactly what you bring to the table. You may not have thought of it this way, but your gifts, talents and abilities are like those flowers. And when you get to connect with those people, the effect on their life can be magical. You’ll bring a smile to their face. They’ll meet you with surprise or tears of joy. Your talent and gifts will be a welcome answer to their prayer. Unlike flowers, the knowledge you share lasts the lifetime of the recipient. And how they implement the knowledge, can transform their lives. Since I put up my website, I’ve used it to connect with dozens, maybe hundreds of people around the globe and it enabled me to obtain a myriad of opportunities.
What does this mean for you?
You are valuable. You’re a vessel of untold wealth simply because of what you know. What you know isn’t valuable everyone but only to the one who needs it. With knowledge comes a certain level of responsibility. By sharing knowledge, we become assets, a treasured contact and resource. Chances are that you have more than one gift, more than one talent, which means your impact is multiplied. How can we connect with those people?
Last year I challenged myself to meet a new person every week. On social media platforms, I offered to meet local people for coffee to find out more about what they do and how we can help each other. This meant connecting with someone in real life, stepping out of my comfort zone. In a few cases, I reconnected to people with whom I’d lost touch.
Writing is solitary and sometimes lonely work. Even as an introvert, I recognize the need to get out of my cocoon, my office, my autopilot zone. At least once a week, I try to work somewhere else: a library, a coffee house, or church. I met a new connection in that way. I went a step further and met with people who don’t look like me and listened to them. I discovered that in taking the time to connect in reality with people, letting them talk about what they do and who they are, a bridge practically builds itself. I learned something at every meeting.
But, old habits are challenging to break. At the end of the year, I didn’t have coffee with 52 people, but 20. However, it emboldened me to reach out to 20 or 30 more people in my network that I couldn’t meet in person. One writer needed a review. Another needed web content and still others needed various bits of writing done. I helped promote others and made introductions. I met wonderful, kind and gracious new people and we helped each other out, at the very least by expanding our networks, our reach on Facebook, and LinkedIn. It’s been a fun exercise that I’ve decided to continue.
We can’t get where we’re going without each other. Everyone is looking for something. You might be looking for information that could take your business or your life to the next level. Right now, someone out there is looking for you. For them to find you, you must be present, in the moment. Look around you. The answer you need could be as close as a cup of coffee.
Have you used social media to connect to the real world? Tell us your experience, or share your connection ideas. We’d love to hear from you.