May 9, 2013
rosemary published this at 8:00 am
Physicists at the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, Switzerland, made news recently when they announced that they expect to offer evidence of the existence (or non-existence) of the Higgs boson (or “God” particle) by the end of the year. Essentially, the “super-collider” smashes together particles at high speeds to see what happens when they collide.
You can be a human super-collider.
Pay close attention to the people around you, their characteristics, dreams, businesses. Take mental note when someone shares their life experiences with you. Then when you see an opportunity to put two people together for their mutual benefit, do it.
When you proactively connect your connections, magical things will happen. Especially if you do it without any thought in mind of how it will benefit you.
How to Become a Human Super-Collider
Get very good at remembering names. Here’s a great article that will help you build that muscle and start connecting names to faces.
When you meet new people, find out what they’re up to. Don’t just go for the standard “what do you do,” think of interesting ways to draw out their long-term goals and dreams. Next time, try “what made you decide to go into [digital marketing/psychiatry/dog grooming]?”
Listen deeply and actively. Molly Cantrell-Craig wrote an excellent post about how to listen earlier this year.
Create a system for organizing information. You can use the notes section of your Address Book client, use the new LinkedIn Contacts app (they have a special spot for noting where you met someone), or try Evernote. As soon as you can, jot down some details about the person you just met. Bonus points if you remember to go back and read it before the next time you see that person again.
Don’t be afraid to introduce people. They may or may not hit it off, but you’ve just shown them both that you have their best interests in mind. Be sure to include the reason why you feel they should connect (do they have a mutual interest, are they going to the same conference, are their businesses complimentary). Here are some tips on the etiquette of introductions.
When you start consistently doing these things, you’ll start to see the magic of particle collision. Just don’t tell those folks in Switzerland.
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