How to dig for gold ... every time you shake a hand!
| The Anglo American Corporation just did something really clever. And
it didnt require the finances of South Africas biggest company
to do it it just took a little initiative. In fact, it was so simple,
you wonder why they hadnt done it before
Anglo went digging for gold among its past acquaintances.
Heres how: Every year they sponsor a certain amount of scholarships, sports teams and promising personalities. Tens of thousands have enjoyed this golden lift on the ladder of life. But somehow, Anglo had lost touch with many of these highly skilled souls.
So they held a gala evening. Its purpose? To bring together as many Anglo beneficiaries as they could find, and create their very own Alumni a body of talented people on whose skills they can draw, from now on.
How often dont we reinvent the wheel when looking for help?
Its not uncommon for a South African businessman to take his printing order to a stranger, when his best friend makes prints for a living. Or to hire an international consultant right after spending lunch chatting with a top-notch South African equivalent.
I remember coming back from the World Championships of Public Speaking, and a few weeks later, listening to a close friend of mine earnestly inquire of me whether I knew where she might find a motivational speaker ? "Yes! Youre talking to one!" It hadnt even occurred to her.
CREATE YOUR OWN ALUMNI
As the days tick over, you will meet people in a variety of fields. As you do, why not add their names to a dedicated phone book; your very own skills resource database? By creating your own Alumni, not only will you be promoting small business in your area, but you will generally enjoy the benefits of the personal touch from vendors and service providers who actually know you.
The next thing Anglo did was to encourage everyone to network as much as possible. A networking function gives you the opportunity to become a part of someone elses Alumni.
So how do you get yourself onto someone elses skills database?
Here are 7 tips for effective networking:
Anglos initiative was a smart one. Why dont we follow where the way has been paved in gold? Being Proudly South African is all about using the resources all around us, and making sure that our own resources are available too.
It turns out were all involved in digging for gold. And South Africas dripping with the stuff! It exchanges hands with every business card you collect!
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Article by: Douglas Kruger - www.douglaskruger.co.za