Lucy: Hi, I’m Lucy.
Me: I know! I’ve met you five times!
Networking Is An Opportunity: That was the conversation I had with a woman at a NAWBO-OC dinner meeting. Normally if someone reintroduced herself to me I would have politely said we’d met and that I was glad to see her again. But I was exasperated with Lucy. We had met several times before at NAWBO-OC events, and the month before, Lucy and I spoke at length about the mentoring program. I got in the habit of sending invitations to connect on LinkedIn to new acquaintances so, the following day, I invited Lucy to connect on LinkedIn.
In response, Lucy sent me a message breaking two of my rules to networking:
1. Do a Little Research
Lucy asked me where we had met. Had she looked at my profile, she would have seen I was a member of NAWBO-OC. When people who don’t seem familiar to me want to connect on social media, I look at their profiles to see if we are in the same organization or profession. A person’s employer helps me figure out whether we’ve met in court or if I’ve done business with the company before. I also look to see if we have any mutual connections. If we do, it sometimes helps explain the request. Even if I can’t figure out who the person is, if he or she looks nice and appears to be someone I might do business with, I accept the invitation.
Dana M. Heyde is a contributing blogger for NAWBO-OC. To read more of her blog click here.