November 28, 2007
Liz published this at 11:36 am
Which Conversations Are Important Too!
In the world of business, it takes an action to make something happen. Watching rarely gets anything done. A conversation is a great place to make things happen. Yet, many of us seem to be missing out.
Where do you fit in the conversation? Are you a lurker, a listener, or a participant?
If you’re a lurker, you’re getting the value of the information.
If you’re a listener, you’re also finding out who knows what and who’s a pretender. Listeners soon find out who’s connected to whom.
If you’re a participant, you’re making an impression. People are also finding out about you.
But this is only stage one.
Where the conversation occurs makes a difference. Are you only talking to the people you already know? When you move into a new network do you move down to the level of a lurker? I know that I used to do just that. Then I realized something important.
If we only talk to the same group of people, we’ll always be in that same group talking about the same things on and on.
Want to know, want to grow? You need to expand where you have your conversations.
In our circle of friends, we usually agree on the same ideas.
When we move out to a network of colleagues and acquaintances, we can share in new ideas and new thoughts.
If we want to move up and out, if we want to grow and become more, we have to get to know the folks who know what we need to know. That means reaching out of our personal network to explore many more networks — the networks to which those people belong — and letting those who need a hand up into our own.
Being part of a conversation is a step in the right direction. Using the conversation to reach out raises the bar. Are you taking the conversation as far as you might to grow?
–ME ‘Liz” Strauss
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–ME “Liz” Strauss
Work with Liz!!