Although I’ve often heard about the theory of “6 degrees of separation from Kevin Bacon”–I never stopped to think about how this applies to networking. I’m sure you’ve met someone who knew someone you knew or lived near your old house or came from your home town. Well, make that principle work for you in networking.
Whether you’re a small business owner or looking for a job or information–start with your current network of friends and family. Maybe the person you know can direct you to someone who is in your targeted profession and maybe that person knows someone who works in one of the companies you want to work in.
I quickly learned in business, you cannot predict who might be able to connect you with a referral or potential client. It started soon after I got my coaching certification–I was selling my house and my Realtor knew someone who was in a transition and might be open to coaching. It took me by surprise then, but now I have seen how making connections works in the most surprising way.
LinkedIn and Facebook are excellent ways to expand your network. Adding quality comments or questions on a regular basis. Get your “people” to help you. Then, look at the connections of your friends and family. Add folks that you think might be worthwhile to add to your own network. That’s the way it grows–one person at a time!