Networking, by accident
The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas, as in escaping old ones
- John Maynard Keynes
I have just returned from a holiday in New Zealand and arranged my return date around a lunch at which Seth Godin was speaking, in Sydney yesterday. There were what seemed like 1000 people in the room and the speaker was excellent, as you would expect if you have read anything he has written. But it was not what I would call a networking event, as much as I enjoyed the conversation at my table.
Today I had lunch with someone I had met through twitter and she invited another friend along, who in turn was having a business meeting with two colleagues at the same restaurant, about the future of her business.
Needless to say, we ended up joining tables and our friendly lunch and the business meeting turned into an astonishing example of collaboration at its best – the ideas were flowing, the conversation was intelligent and humourous, the ideas were endless, and in the process, I got to connect with some amazing women I would otherwise not have met and also had the opportunity to learn from them and their experiences, and contribute to the conversation.
Networking doesn’t have to be hard work and you find connections in the most interesting of places – every day is an opportunity to meet new people, and more importantly, learn something new, even if it is just a different perspective
Thank you Ash, Kayte, Caro and Michelle