Networking online: what you offer, you get back in spades

In her presentation, my student linked the power of networking to property investment, which she believed was a great way to explain why you need to blog and engage with your community online.

As recently as a few years ago, I would have broken out in hives at the mere notion of speaking in front of 60 ladies. Why is this different now?

It might be intimidating to meet new people face-to-face, particularly if you don’t fit into a “cluster,” as Kate had suggested.

Online networking is a completely new notion. It frees you up.

It’s a service you’re doing if you approach your online interactions with the mindset that your words must have a purpose. To help others or to make a difference in the world makes you feel like you have a purpose. Concrete and precise, it conveys a sense of significance.

So what has changed is that via KAS and its worldwide connections, I’ve developed as a person. As a result of being a part of the implementation of such a basic concept and the community that grew around it to improve people’s lives

It’s simply the way the world works when you give yourself a benefit without intending to.

I had no notes or even a general idea of what I was going to talk about today. And what happened was really a beautiful human narrative of a global society ready to think and act for tens of thousands of seriously impaired and vulnerable youngsters half a globe away.

It always reminds me of the importance of interacting online and why it’s worth the effort. Unless you have the intention to serve, you will fail miserably. But once you make the choice to serve, the rest will flow like the night into the day.

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