Are you stuck in a self-imposed rut?

Ever been in a situation where you saw only one way to reach your goal, it just wasn’t working, and you couldn’t find a solution? My dog Maggie alerted me to a situation like this recently. I was working in my home office and heard her barking out in the back yard. It wasn’t her crazed, “Squirrel!!!” bark. It was her “Something’s up! Come quickly!” bark.

Networking tips from nature

I went outside and looked over the deck railing. Down in the grass was a young blue jay huddled up against our fence, chirping distressfully. I grabbed a dishtowel and headed down the deck stairs to investigate, assuming the bird was injured.  Maggie administered dutiful support, sniffing curiously at the bird, who by this time was definitely not happy about all the attention she was receiving.

I tenderly wrapped the bird in the towel and gently lifted her above the plastic webbing we had installed years ago (to keep Maggie from squeezing between the bars when she was a tiny pup).  Just as I loosened my grip on the bird, she perked up, saw her route to freedom, and flew between the bars, landing quite capably in a nearby tree.  Suddenly all was well.

What happened here? All alone, with a limited perspective and blocked by the webbing, the jay couldn’t see what the problem was or how to remedy it. All she needed was some gentle guidance.

What does this story have to do with networking and attracting powerful relationships?  Plenty.

I frequently work with and observe people trying to network, build connections, form relationships, and attract opportunities and customers using the same methods they’ve been taught or have used for years. Or, if they are young and inexperienced, they flap along or use methods that flatout don’t work.  Either way, networking becomes a frustrating waste of time, energy, and resources.  Limited perspective becomes a trap.

Sound familiar?

A little help, even just 30 minutes or an hour with an objective coach can make all the difference.  That’s where I come in.

Yes, it’s summer and you may be taking a well-deserved break from networking.  But before you know it, September will be here and your schedule of coffees, lunches and events will pick up.  Will you jump back in, doing the same old thing? Or will you open to some fresh, new ideas that can help you “fly” more capably toward your networking goals?

If you’re ready to discover some new ways you can move forward with your business connections, give me a call today at 512 418 0527. Let’s chat for a few minutes, then set up a 30-minute tele-session or a one-hour, in person meeting. Let’s get you on your way!

If  you merely want access to a collection of great networking ideas, get yourself a copy of my award-winning book The Intentional Networker: Attracting Powerful Relationships, Referrals & Results in Business . It’s loaded with information that will be useful to you and will open up your eyes to new ideas and possibilities. Promise.

4 Responses to Are you stuck in a self-imposed rut?
  1. Cindy Niels
    August 1, 2012 | 11:50 am

    Your posts are always informative and enlightening…but this brings it to a whole other level. What a creative and memorable way to make a point. Bravo

    • pattid
      August 1, 2012 | 1:05 pm

      Thank you, Cindy. You just never know what everyday experiences can reveal to you.

  2. Lorie Marrero
    August 1, 2012 | 4:19 pm

    Love this story, Patti! We’ve all been that little bird. I sure have.

    • pattid
      August 1, 2012 | 4:36 pm

      Appreciate your comment. Lorie!

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