I've been doing a lot of networking lately these past couple of months. I'm not sure why, but this year I finally "got it." I understand what networking is about, and how it works. I discovered I can easily talk to people, and figured out how to follow up and follow through. Or maybe I just came in to my own this year after everything that has happened, and finally stepped in to who I authentically am.
Regardless...it's working for me.
I went to a networking event early in the week that was hosted by a woman that I met at the end of February. This woman works as a Senior Executive for a financial institution, and we connected personally. I followed up and we met for coffee in early March -- that was when she told me that her daughter's friends had just adopted a baby who has some serious vision issues. I gave her my card, told her about our children's program, and described how we help families deal with the process of navigating the bureaucracy involved in getting their child's needs met in the school system. We see children as young as 6 months old, and honestly? The sooner they start getting help, the easier it is for them to adjust.
When I saw this woman at the networking event this week, she gave me an update. "Lives were changed because of Visionary," she told me. "I can't tell you the profound difference you made in this family's life. Lives were CHANGED." She then proceeded to rave about Visionary to the networking group and told them the story of the family and how we had helped and made such an important and significant difference to them.
Gotta say, it made me pretty happy. Very good day at work.
Kinda makes makes it all worthwhile, no?