Tuesday, 25 August 2015
“Connections are Everything in this World” ―Professor M.S.Rao
"We don't accomplish anything in this world alone...and whatever happens is the result of the whole tapestry of one's life and all the weavings of individual threads from one to another that creates something." ―Sandra Day O'Connor
People ask me during my leadership development training programs why some people achieve amazing success while the rest remain in the same place despite having an immense potential. I share with them that connections make a huge difference. The people with great connections grow fast in their lives while the people without any connections remain in the same place.
There are many people with talents and skills in the world but they don’t know how to showcase to others and utilize them. They are the right people but in a wrong place. There must be someone who can spot and place them rightly at the right time. Hence, we need connections who talk about the talented people with others by word of mouth and social media. Presently social media is very strong and people connect with others quickly by the click of a mouse. Professional networking websites including LinkedIn help greatly to build great global connections. Some of the recruiters look at the LinkedIn profiles to recruit them employees. That is the power of social media presently! The social media also helps you build your global brand quickly.
I was invited to be a keynote speaker for ‘Visionary Leadership 2015’ Malaysia URL: http://www.visionaryleadership2015.asia/speakers.html. Senior leaders participated in this event and internationally renowned thought leaders delivered their talks. During the tea break, people interacted and networked with others. They exchanged their business cards and enhanced their connections. Hence, attending such events helps understand the power of connections and builds new connections globally. They increase your visibility, credibility and popularity globally.
It is rightly remarked, “It's not what you know but who you know that makes the difference.” Connections are crucial to success in this world. If a water drop falls into an ocean, it loses its significance. If the same drop falls into a shell, it becomes a pearl. The timing and placing plays a crucial role. Once Abraham Lincoln was delivering a speech, a Republican candidate spotted him and saw his speaking abilities. Subsequently Lincoln was asked to contest presidential elections. He won the elections and became the first Republican and the 16th president of America.
How to Build Your Connections?
Make yourself visible in conferences, events or other public forums. Open a blog and start posting your ideas and insights in your area of interest. Be active on social media including LinkedIn, Facebook, Google+ and Twitter. Once you are on search engines, you will be under observation. People will approach you with offers. You will be able to leverage them.
If you have an elite friend circle, they will help you grow in all aspects of your life. Similarly, when you are in a sound position, you will be able to help your friends. The advantage of studying in prestigious educational institutions is an opportunity to network apart from acquiring knowledge from others. Here is a caution - you must extend your hands to others when required. There must be a give and take in relationships. Remember, relationships are based on reciprocal response.
To conclude, connections are the key to achieve success in the world. Talent is available everywhere and nobody knows how to spot the talent. With connections, people will be able to spot your talent and you will be able to grow rapidly in your life.
“It's all about people. It's about networking and being nice to people and not burning any bridges.” ―Mike Davidson
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