Connect, connect, connect

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The other day I was talking someone through how I work. Used to practices which came about before social media and productivity platforms, their questions were about email. Together we made a list of the channels people connect with me for work:

  • Work Email
  • Personal email
  • Client email
  • Network email
  • LinkedIn Messaging
  • LinkedIn commenting
  • LinkedIn Groups
  • Home Slack
  • Client Slack
  • Network Slack
  • Blog comments
  • Work Teams
  • Client Teams x3
  • Client Miro Board
  • WhatsApp
  • Zoom
  • Google Hangouts
  • Webinars – that can be a range of platforms
  • SMS
  • Phone calls

They, quite reasonably, asked:

How are you meant to remember all of those?

And you know what? I don’t know.

I do know connecting isn’t connection. The act of being connected is meaningless unless you use that channel effectively to maintain relationships.

Please do make connections, don’t just connect.

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