This is a guest post by the incredible business & sales coach Heidi Taylor. In this essay, which originally appeared as part of the Redefining Community project, Heidi shares her experience of making connections through the power of ‘little yeses’
You know when you stumble across someone new, in life or online, and there's a little 'ping' inside your brain when you realise they are one of your people? It might be something they say or a way they show up or just an intuitive hit, but you just know they are 'right' for you. That, my friends, is KSR, and if you've practiced and got it nicely honed, it's very rarely wrong.
Picture, if you will, the humble Labrador. I have to admit, I’m not really a dog person, but I love the kind, gentle, enthusiastic creature that is the Labrador. They are cheerful, friendly, good-tempered and steady. Now, you might wonder why I’m talking about dogs on a blog all about connection, but bear with me, I have a point.
The secret to reconnecting with someone is to reach out and warm up the relationship long before you need anything from them. I’m sure you’ve all been in a situation where you haven’t heard from someone for years, and then suddenly they contact you out of the blue, asking you for a favour. Doesn’t it make you feel gross?
The majority of my audience are introverts or HSPs, and one of the questions I get asked a lot is about how not to get depleted whilst you're out there doing all this important connection stuff. Here a few tips to avoid social burnout when you're building your biz community and connecting with all the people.
The best community projects are a valuable experience for everyone involved, not just the host. Being a part of someone else's community project can be a fantastic marketing opportunity for you, and whilst it's the host's responsibility to facilitate that, you do need to be engaged and view the experience as the opportunity it is.