Friday, January 9, 2009

when making connections, everyone counts

I was watching Ugly Betty last night. The episode was all about social networking. Betty was a little behind on this important aspect of the corporate world, so she tagged along with a coworker to a party where he filled Betty in on the do's and don'ts of connecting and networking. He told her to introduce, share a tidbit of information, exchange buisness cards, and move on. So she went about applying what she had been told. But she found it difficult to talk to people for such a short time and ended up spending twenty minutes talking to a caterer. Her co-workers criticized her saying, "No one talks to the caterer, especially for twenty minutes." She felt like a failure.
However, later on in the episode Betty found herself in a jam. As she thought about whom to call, the caterer came to mind. She found his business card, called him, and he came through for her.

What did I get out of this? all the people we meet are important. The ones we think are insignicant may be the ones we call on when we find ourselves in a bit of a dilemma.It may be a caterer or a janitor, or it may be the CEO of a never know!