If I was to sort and group my email Sent folder by Subject text, “30 Second World Famous Introduction” would be one of the most used texts. I just finished sending another one of these networking “blind dates”.
I talked about this in a longer post in 2009 (20 Job Search Answers You Need To Know | #4 How do I start to network?) but I wanted to hit this specific topic again (because it is so important).
To quote that post (and myself):
(Connecting people) is something I strongly believe in (and do at least once a week). This is all about hooking-up folks whenever you can - WITH NO STRINGS ATTACHED. Whether you call it pay it forward or Instant Karma (as I prefer to), connecting others in your circle expands your circle, too. So if you know two people that could benefit from meeting each other – hook them up.
I often hook-up people with my “Blind Date Introduction” email I am fond of sending (just did it last night).
The email comes in 4 parts and goes something like this:
- The set-up: Why I think you two should meet
- Person 1 Bio: How I know you and why you are special
- Person 2 Bio: How I know the other person and why they are special
- Contact: Provide each others contact info with a note to contact the person (or not) as they both see fit
If you do only one thing in 2011 to grow your network – make connecting people that one thing.