I’m on a business trip right now. I travel a lot – enough so that it’s not glamorous anymore. One of my favorite parts about traveling is that you just never know who you’ll meet. I’m a big fan of the ‘Never Eat Lunch Alone‘ concept. In a nutshell, it says that connections are your most important asset and you should go out of your way to make connections wherever you are. So, while I’m not obnoxious about it, I’m happy to chat anyone up when there’s an opportunity.
When you’re in business, it’s about putting yourself out there; not in an obnoxious way – in a friendly, helpful, approachable way. After all, you’ve got something that you know will help people – whether its awesome handmade soap or a killer marketing plan or a way to clean air – you’ve got something that solves someone’s problem. So, smile at the next person you see in the grocery store line, compliment them on their outfit, chat them up about what’s in their cart and start looking for opportunities to make new connections, wherever you are.