encourage everyone to keep making as many face-to-face connections as you can. At each industry event, I
go in with the goal of having unplanned conversation
with at least three people I don’t know — something
beyond small talk. Sometimes that means striking up
a conversation with someone new at a cocktail party,
or the person sitting next to me at a keynote speech
or educational workshop session. Even if that new
connection isn’t relevant to your business (or in my
case, editorial) goals, it will undoubtedly expand your
knowledge of the industry.
While walking the expo at the ISA convention, I came
up with a new goal: ‘At some point, I want to talk to
everyone here,’ I told myself, meaning I want to have a
conversation with everyone on the show floor. Given that
there’s typically hundreds of people on the ISA show floor
at any time, and that it’s the only time each year I’m in the
same place as many of them — it’s a lofty goal. And in a
strange way, it’s a goal I hope I never achieve, because new
people join that pool every year. But I’m going to keep
that goal mindset at each industry event I attend and try to
accomplish it nonetheless. I hope you do the same, as I’m
sure it will lead to many more ‘small world’ moments.
ID’s LinkedIn group continues to grow at a brisk pace.
We’re now over 12,500 members. It’s a great place to
find industrial supply executives and thought-leaders to
connect with. If you haven’t joined yet, please do. And
as always, feel free to reach out to me with your latest
company news, or let me know about an industry trend
you think we should look into. The easiest way is to shoot
me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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