One of the things about me is that I enjoy meeting new people. I enjoy learning something about them, even for a brief moment. I enjoy the small talk and even the longer discussions in the future. Maybe that's why some of my posts have been titled " Meet ______ ".
Being genuinely connected with others is an amazing feeling. And with these great relationships that you can develop, you never know how others may help you or how you may help others. In the end, you grow together. And meeting someone just to see how they can benefit you only is a no no. Be genuine and help others when you get the chance!
I've had these feelings and thoughts ever since I was a kid. I recently read a book titled "Never Eat Alone" by Keith Ferrazzi in which he expresses the importance of relationships in life and business. It's a wonderful book that shows how he has used true friendships and relationships to foster the growth in his career/life. Another interesting point is that I grew up with a similar background as him. Small town PA kids trying to achieve bigger and better things!
He also shows examples of his methods and how even major personalities in the world have used the same skill sets. A person is more willing to work with you if they like you and feel that you are genuine. Plain and simple. So I definitely recommend this book to.. actually anyone. A person working in marketing, a small business owner or even the average Joe will benefit from reading this book. As it's stated on the book, "How to build a lifelong community of colleagues, contacts, friends and mentors."... "Never Eat Alone, and other secrets to success, one relationship at a time." Let me know if you have read this and what your thoughts are! I think I'll definitely be following Keith and his tips from now on.