A series of stories about networking using the framework from the book Up Your Game by David Bradford. Showing Up, is the networking aspect of being aware of the world around you and participating actively in it.
I arrived early to the sports bar knowing that the USA vs Germany was going to draw a large crowd. I was also excited to meet with friends for lunch, but more excited to meet someone fromCorporate Recruiting. I’m not very outgoing, but networking is important to me. I see it as finding opportunities to serve rather than being social. The server took me to my table —not the best spot—and I waited for the rest of the party. “Are you Arturo?” a friendly face asked, I must have nodded, because the next line was: “Hi, I’m Elisabeth.”
I remember now reading in Keith Ferrazzi’s book “Never Eat Alone” about Connectors, people that are well connected. I kept thinking: “When will I ever find someone like that.” Well now I know Elisabeth. Lunch was great, the game awful. I kept finding myself amazed of how many people Elisabeth would greet in the tables close by and people walking next to us. Was she that elusive Connector, she asked me a few things: my work, my hobbies, my family. I can now picture her mental rolodex spining trying to find a connection, where to *click*. After I told her about my young daughter she said: “I have a friend, who also has a young family, I think you should meet him.” *CLICK*
We finished lunch, I offered to connect back with her. I got to my desk, I had an email from Elisabeth addressed to me and her friend, making the connection. Wow, this is a connector that knows how to follow up. *Double Click* I didn’t do anything, I only showed up.
I’ve been reading this week the book “Up Your Game” by . One the the principles he talks about is Start Up.
I wanted to share a story about this principle…
So the story goes back 2 years ago when I was an Intern and my friend Liva R. was also interning. Liva had a co-worker Chizuki W., also an intern; Liva had asked me for some help with an excel project. I took some time off my day, and we completed the project. When Chizuki was having some questions about an excel problem she was having, Liva mentioned my name.
I spent probably 1-2 hours helping Chizuki build her excel workbook, and she was very greatful. She invited me to go to lunch with her and her boyfriend. Her boyfriend, Richard also works here in the company. For the lunch, Richard came with his co-worker, Joby. We had a good time.
2 years later Richard and Joby were looking for an employee to highlight in their series “A Day in the Life” for the company recruiting page. For some reason, they think of me, Joby sends a message to Chizuki and they contact me. They do a video, a photo session and a web post. (Still not public, will update when it is available) All because I decided to help a friend with a project.
I’m having trouble coming up with good topics each week, or at least each week, so I’ll do a post-mortem on Mondays.
- Making excuses for not going to the gym in the morning; I don’t know why I am having trouble getting up at 6 and going to the gym. I just need to do it! I should re-read about habits.
- skipping Monday Planning; when there is not much going on I tend to skip my weekly planning on Mondays, I need to reboot this, things are getting complicated.
- Reading “Up Your Game” by
; I’m really excited to read this book, looks like something I enjoy already.
- Making your quarterly Updated List; I want to have a list of people who I connect with at least each quarter. I have a good idea of who should be on the list, but I just need to write it.
- Learning about Spigit; this is a great ideation tool. We kicked this off last week and I continue to learn new things. I’m really happy with this tool
- Working on the Cummins BYU MBA group; there are few things that get me really excited. This past few weeks I’ve been really immersed in helping with the new interns and new full-time employees.