Contact management systems are probably the number one most valuable tool for connecting. They allow us to keep track of people in both our inner and greater tribes. For some time I have looked for the best application for managing contacts. I would like to say I have found the perfect one but that is… Read more about Wrangling Contact Management
When we meet someone a conversation begins over a question, shared interest, or a collaboration. The relationship goes from acquaintance to another level of trust. Like all good conversations, it will eventually end. Sometimes the relationship will transfer to other conversations but you will have gaps between them. It is difficult to maintain a high level of friendship at all times with everyone in your greater circle. That is how what I call the loop-around comes in handy. In Trust Agents, Julian Smith and Chris Brogan talk about this as Basic Touch. It is the art of connecting personally with individuals in your network on significant days or on a recurring schedule….
When you gather with people are you focused on building your network or are you connecting others. I am not saying that networking is bad. It is an essential part of doing good work. But I have found that the best way to make connections is to focus on others. I have had many opportunities to see this done well but a recent visit really stands out. Over the last few years I have enjoyed getting to know Chris Brogan. Last year we shared some great time together with friends in Portland after he spoke at The Portland Communicators Conference. We did not get a chance to see each other again until CES this year. Like before in Portland, instead of networking or catching up, Chris spent the time introducing me to people he felt I needed to know.
I first found this great WordPress plugin tool via Chris Brogan’s post. But the cool part is, Editorial Calendar changed my blogging habits completely. I went from posting sporadically, which is too common for most bloggers, to posting consistently three times a week. Today I asked my friend Justin Lukasavige to do a quick video showing how he uses it. Thanks Justin!
One last note: I use the tool on the fly every-time I get a post idea. I get them in the middle of conversations, while travelling, watching a movie, you name it. Instead of making a note on my iPad, sending myself an email writing it on my hand, I now open up the Editorial Calendar, …..
Often when I meet a new person I will think of someone they should meet or work with. Usually it has little or nothing to do with me. That is when I need to get out-of-the-way.
As connectors (and everyone is to some degree) we have to be aware of the fact that most of the relationships we make are on a trajectory of their own. We are constantly in contact with people around us that have something to offer someone else in our network. We have to be aware to connect the dots, aware of the need as well as what a person has to offer.
I know some colleagues that keep an ongoing database of their contacts, adding to it…..
When I first heard about www.helpareporterout.com or HARO for short, I thought it might be a good service to check out for the brand communities I work with. What surprised me is what resulted after using it for a week. I found myself sending multiple story leads to friends in my network. I had signed up to find ways to promote my brands, but more than anything, it has turned out to be a valuable tool for my network.
A few years ago authors never would have dreamed of interacting with readers outside of book tours, signings and readings. Now authors and readers are communicating via many formats.
A few days ago Kevin Miller caught my attention. He posted a message to Chris Brogan on twitter asking where he could get a deal on a box of 20 of Chris’s latest book, Trust Agents. He wanted to send them to a few friends. I can only imagine what will come of Kevin Miller’s gifts.