I always say, “Have the conversation – you never know where it could lead.” It was a lesson I learned early on and shared in my first book, The 11 Laws of Likability.
I still follow that advice. As I shared last week, hearing back from readers makes my day. I try to always respond to show my appreciation and sometimes the conversation leads somewhere.
A while back I received this note from Amy Cole:
“I have always been inspired by the natural gift and authenticity you share through your newsletters. I reached out to let you know that I read EVERY word each week.”
One note led to another and I ended up inviting her, a 20-year executive recruiter, career coach, and leadership and development speaker, to a local chapter meeting of the national Speakers group. She came and I introduced her to others.
Many months later, she replied to another newsletter, “Always human and real Michelle!” And the conversation resumed. She then invited me to speak to her group and the connection continues to strengthen.
So what’s this week’s take away? Never pass up an opportunity for connection–you never know where it could take you!