For July we have one of my favorite PWN programs, the scavenger hunt. Every year we run the program, I love seeing how much fun everyone has getting to know at least one crazy fact about another woman. And the scavenger hunt points out the value of the curiosity when it comes to networking and talking with other business owners and our clients.
Curiosity builds connection. You can’t find out what you have in common with someone else unless you ask questions.
Curiosity builds trust. Used with sensitivity, we’re flattered when another person wants to know about us. A person who deeply listens to others is always in demand because being listened to deeply is a rare gift in our society.
Curiosity builds a relationship road map. Listening to the answers to your questions, you begin to understand another person’s needs. As you understand their needs, you can begin to offer value through your knowledge and connections. Aren’t these the building blocks of a successful consultation or negotiation and the essence of productive networking?
Curiosity gets you out of your own way. We’ve all been the wall flower at a social or networking event. We feel self-conscious and that gets in the way of genuine connection with others. When we’re curious and prepared with questions, it eases our anxiety and lets us focus on the people we are meeting.
I’m looking forward to being curious with all of you at our next lunch meeting on July 8.