I have talked to people in other lines of work and everyone I talk to is saying a similar message. That message is “People/Businesses have money but are holding on to it and being very cautious” In addition, other companies are looking for ways to grow quickly through acquisition or selling off underperfroming departments.
What I have learned from talking to other people is that I am gaining insights into how they are dealing with these concerns. In addition, I am tapping other people’s ideas and formulating newer, fresher ways to address these concerns.
It’s too easy to get trapped and discuss issues internally when the economy around us gets tough. It takes extra work to connect and talk with others outside our companies.
There are several payoffs here:
- A closer connection with other people online and a “new learning channel” that keeps you in tune with others. Using Linkedin – See last weeks post.
- A way to bounce ideas off a person not connected to your company.
- A way to know who you can trust and who you need to be cautious with.
- Gain a new understanding how others may be solving issues which you may have not thought of.
- Helps you gain more respect in your local and online business community.
The key is you need to take the first action and start talking and connecting.
Yes, I know social media articles preach a lot about listening but haven’t most of us been doing that for the past few years. It is time to act on that listening and start talking, having conversations and reconnecting with people. `Brent Pohlman ( February 19, 2013)
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