I get a fair few requests for information via social media. Now, if we are going to work together, we will, at some point, need to exchange at least a few words. So my approach is to very quickly suggest we do just that. Very few take up the offer of my time to get to know each other. That’s fine with me, it saves us both time, and I can focus on the right people. It’s an interesting stance though, and one that continues to surprise me.
Picture the scene: You apply for a job, and are invited to interview. The job requires someone personable, and the interviewer quite rightly expects to meet those applicants before offering the role. All new starters require investment to get you off on the right track from the get-go.
You want the role. It’s interesting work, pays well, and you feel that this is a good company to work with. But you won’t meet the interviewer. You still expect a job offer though.
Ain’t going to happen is it?
So we need to meet – at least have a phone call. I am prepared to put that time in for you. I want to know what you want, then we can see if this is a match for us.
A key skill in building any business is being able to connect. Some call it networking; I call it making friends. I spend a good deal of time connecting, being a friend, and seeing how and where I can help. No agenda, just a catch up to see how people are. More and more people are working from home now, either in their business or a job. I will ‘meet’ them for coffee, virtual lunch or general chat. I have shared many a poached egg on toast by zoom.
Try it. Get into the habit of offering connection. Find out how people are. Make it a daily ritual to make someone’s day with a real conversation. At the end of the day, work and business is really about enjoying conversation, being interested in people, and helping them out. Reach out to someone who may have an opportunity for you. Rather than asking for info, say “can we talk”?
What’s the worst that can happen? You don’t ‘click’ and that’s fine. But maybe you do. Whether you become a member of the team or not, you may have just made a friend.
So, can we talk?