Do you have a conversation with everyone?

I’ll admit right now that even though I always tell my clients to follow-up, it’s not always easy to do. Life gets in the way. It happened to me over the summer.

I met a woman at an event and we had a really great conversation. I remembered her telling me she was a grief coach and we decided we’d get together for a chat in the near future. To be real, I wasn’t sure if I would be able to help her.

You see, SSC was already transitioning to more corporate work as well as working with entrepreneurs, and I was not sure if I would have the right program for her at the time since shifting things around. I figured it would be a great networking chat and that I might be able to connect her with someone. But…

Soon after this meeting, lots of personal stuff happened in my life. I needed to be there for a few family situations and when she emailed me, I was blatantly honest with her.

I told her it was terrible timing and could we possibly meet the next month. And she was perfectly accommodating.

We did end up reconnecting and when she started talking, I started to feel really awkward. She wasn’t talking about being a grief coach at all. She was talking about leadership work within corporate organizations and I thought to myself, “Ivy, do you even know who you are sitting with right now? Did you let the family stuff clog your memory and usually organized notes?”

I thought through all the mess in my life, I might have switched up a name, or written down something wrong. I felt really embarrassed and confused, so I just asked her.

Turns out, I wasn’t losing it. She was the grief coach and this was her OTHER business. One, that she’d been doing work in for 20 + years. Wow! I didn’t even know she had another business and this part of her business was exactly something that I was building at SSC. We had tons to talk about!

One of her clients recently expanded to the west coast and she really is not interested in doing that much travel while she is building out her other business. I became even more interested and curious. My son lives in California and I go there often to visit him. Adding in some business when I’m there would be icing on the cake.

This woman was a vital connection and I almost missed this conversation and potential opportunity due to my lack of follow-up.

Have a conversation and MORE conversations with everyone. Have an open heart and an open mind. You have no idea what a person does or who they are connected to until you have a real, detailed talk.

I’m excited to see where this new relationship takes SSC and I can’t stress enough the importance of meeting people and being there for whatever they might need: a resource, a sounding board, a referral or even the answer to their problems.

If you want to talk about relationships and how to better network, let’s chat. Email me at support@slatersuccesscoaching.com