I always tell people that if I can do so, I will “always take the meeting”. By that, I mean that if possible, it is always good to stay connected with as many people as you can and to meet with these people as time permits, even when sometimes the clear purpose for meeting is not 100% clear.
An example of the benefit of doing so happened just the other day. I had a meeting with someone I have known for a long time and have been working with on some non-profit work – Don Khouri of Khouri Coaching and Consulting (www.khouricc.com). We got to talking and I got a chance to learn more about his business and his methodology for helping technology leaders to grow and be more efficient and effective. Thinking about the conversation, I suggested to him that I thought the topic would be of interest to our ITEC audience (www.goitec.com) and suggested including one of his recent posts in our upcoming newsletter.
It turns out the inclusion was a big hit and a benefit for both Don and CrossTech. Don sent over a nice note saying “I’m getting a good flow of traffic from your newsletter today. Thanks for including my links,” and I found out from our internal editors that the click-throughs on the article were very high and the feedback we were getting was extremely positive.
So from a meeting to catch up comes the start of a great, mutually beneficial relationship.
For me, it reinforces the mantra “always take the meeting” and will serve as a reminder for me that taking the meeting will often lead me places I would have never imagined it would.
Do you take the meeting? Do you stay connected?