Monday, October 8, 2007

Meeting Epiphany

I was in a brainstorming meeting with a client last week, going over sales and marketing strategies. I was there as a marketing consultant. Todd Cohen -- who I had met a few months ago at a networking seminar while we were doing our "meet and greet" exercises -- was there as the sales consultant. The client and I had met at BlogPhiladelphia while grabbing a drink during an afternoon break. Todd and the client had met at a Purple Cow meeting.

The word "epiphany" was used at least three times during the meeting.

It didn't register on me then, but the meeting was a living testament to the power of networking. I had my own epiphany: none of us had known one another just a few months earlier.

You never know where things will lead when you meet someone new, but step one is putting yourself in a place and a frame of mind to be open to what develops. I've said it before and I'll say it again: breakthroughs are a social act.


MEBDesigns said...

I couldn't agree more with your statement about not knowing where things will lead when you meet someone new, and being open to what develops.

Anonymous said...

I will add that I agree and rarely do these things have to wind up "bad"-its all in our control.

Oliver Picher said...

Thanks to both of you. Todd, you make an interesting point about things being in our control. The only things in life that we can truly control are our own actions and reactions. It starts with an intention to be open to new possibilities, but another part of it, I think, is realizing that a negative reaction from someone is [usually] not a personal attack. Instead, it says more about the person who is negative -- about their needs and circumstances -- and it provides you with an opportunity to learn more about that person and perhaps work towards a better understanding.

MEB, I suppose I could say the same thing when you reconnect with someone after a long time -- you don't know where things will lead. (MEB and I went to high school together and reconnected on Facebook, but more on that later...)