Will you be part of my “Connecting Challenge” Project? Or maybe you will start your own Connecting Challenge Project? How will you know if you are part of the project, you ask? We’ll get to that, but first, why do people connect? Stay in touch? Want to stay in touch? It goes without saying that there are endless reasons. The easy answer is that staying connected with family, friends, colleagues or business connections is important. We are a species that needs to communicate with each other.
If we are all dots on the planet must we look backwards at the dots we added in the past to help connect the dots in the future as Steve Jobs suggests? How will they connect us? Why will they connect us?
We talk about the value of a connection with our clients. Quality vs. quantity. How is the connection helping you or how are you are helping them? Hopefully you both benefit from knowing each other. Right? But truthfully it’s not always possible to have a mutually beneficial relationship. The goal is to always be thinking about how you can help the other person.
Before we continue, note that it is important to safeguard your contacts on LinkedIn. Make a practice of downloading your LinkedIn Connections at least once a month. If you don’t do this or don’t know how to do this, please call me. It’s important to do this for a number of reasons. If you don’t know what they are, call me.
At the time of writing this post I have 973 connections on LinkedIn. A lot of connections by some standards and not so many by others. So, what is the Connecting Challenge Project all about? Over the next 60 days I plan to contact each and every one of my connections. Initially I was going to do this over 30 days but I need to set a realistic expectation. Even over 60 days that would be 16.21 calls per day. We will see how it goes. The challenge officially begins on November 16th.
During the Challenge I will track my progress. What will be the results of this exercise? Where will it lead me? Who will I help? The possibilities are endless.
Why is the Connecting Challenge important to me? I like a challenge. It’s that simple really. I am equally excited by what I might learn. Those who know me, know that I like to say, “A day without learning is no day at all.” Like most people I have connected with a lot of people on LinkedIn. Have I stayed in touch with everyone? No. Why did we connect in the first place? What are they doing now? The plan is to get in touch and catch up. Can I do it in the amount of time I have allotted? I will let you know.
Have you connected with all of your contacts on LinkedIn recently? Is it time for you to start your own Connecting Challenge Project? Are you up to the challenge?
Erik Hultman (a.k.a. E) is the Founder and President of ÜberBlue Digital Media: A New Awakening for Brands, Businesses, Individuals and Agencies. He is also founder of the North Shore Entrepreneurial Network (NSEN) in the Chicago Area.