Stop and think for a minute, how much time do you devote to one on ones, if at all? Who was the last person that you met for coffee and more importantly why did you meet? Did you meet because you wanted something from them or did you meet because you had something to give? Maybe you simply wanted to meet to learn more about them or to catch up.
The trick to one on ones is balance. One on ones can get tricky if every time someone asks you to meet it is because they want something from you. Beware of the Networking Frog! Hanging out with the frogs is a quick way to empty your tank! Sometimes you can find yourself giving and giving and giving until burnout or resentment that no one is reciprocating. If you own a small business finding time to devote to these meet ups can be hard but it is important to strengthen the relationships in your network! Try asking someone to a one on one once a month with something to give, an idea, support or a listening ear.
One on ones are important because:
1.) You never know who you are going to meet and the power of that connection.
2.) Meeting someone face to face is the quickest way for them to know, like and trust you.
3.) One on ones create strong bonds.
4.) Strong bonds give you roots and wings to fly.
You can’t do it on your own, okay maybe you can but what fun is that?! Go out there get connected and be social!