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We all have them several times a day; the chance encounter with someone. It may be someone that we know, but haven’t seen for quite some time, it may be someone we have never met at all.
No matter whom it is or their history with us, an encounter is an opportunity. But too many times we don’t take advantage of these encounters or understand the power they may have particularly if you are in business for yourself.
When you start a business, particularly one that relies on your ability to network with others, you have automatically given up your ability to skip you hair and make-up and go to the store in your grubby clothes. Why? You never know who you will meet and appearances mean a lot.
If you look successful, happy, put together, it is far more likely the people will be interested in talking to you. This is particularly true if you run into someone you haven’t seen for a while. If you look great, they are going to want to know what you are doing to look that great. And maybe they want to look that great too!
Sometimes chance encounters are with people who are strangers. Maybe you are just standing in line at the grocery store and you strike up a conversation. If you believe in fate, then you know there are no chance encounters. You meet the people that you are supposed to meet; one way or the other.
You should be certain that the encounter does not end without the person at least knowing what you are doing for a living (or as a side business). That doesn’t mean you have to whip out your elevator speech and your business card, it just means that, at a minimum, they should know that you are working for yourself in some capacity.
If you plant the seed, you never know when or where it will grow.
It maybe two week from now, it may be two months from now, but that person you talked to about your business will remember what you talked about. That same person may need something you sell, may want to join your business, or may just want some advice about something in their business.
Use the casual encounter to increase your network. You never know where it may lead.
There are no little events in life, those we think of no consequence may be full of fate, and it is at our own risk if we neglect the acquaintances and opportunities that seem to be casually offered, and of small importance. Amelia E. Barr