To the beach of course! Where else could they be?
Networking in the summer is actually quite a busy activity; although it does take on a little different look. We take vacations; we go on bike trips; we go to see historic sites; we run/bike on the bike trails; and we go swimming or lay on the beach and watch others swim. During all of these activities, there is ample time to network. Listen to how a couple of summer activities for me have resulted in a couple of new projects for my architectural practice and three new potential networking coaching clients in my coaching business. Here’s the stories.
I go camping every year over the 4th of July and the grand kids bring their parents along for the trip (our daughter). Their family and my wife spend 3-4 days there & I spend a week. While I was sitting by my fire reading a book (everyone else had already left) a man and his wife came along the trail in a golf cart and we struck up a conversation. As we were talking, as it usually does, the topic of work came up (we had been talking about our dogs before this) and they asked me what I did. As I replied, I simply said that “I help people make sense out of their facilities and create atmospheres where networking can flourish.” I should mention that they are retired and live in a trailer at the campsite.
My response started a lengthy conversation where I found out that they used to own a company that had several buildings and they had never heard of looking at a building as a networking tool. I explained to them that a companies building (and a families home for that matter) is one of the best tools they have at their disposal to open up networking opportunities. I’ll expand on that truth in my next post and let you in on the other ‘summer’ opportunities I’ve had over the last several weeks.
Enjoy your summer and expand your networking opportunities–don’t just vegetate!