Networking Relationships Are About Spheres of Influence. Do You Know Seth Godin?

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Mike in Tucson: Seth Godin Productions

Business Networking Relationships

The letter from Seth Godin's editor Carol to my friend Maury is dated October 20, 1994.

This is the letterhead on the left.

Maury and I know each other through the Thomas Morgan Professional Partners chapter of BNI (Business Networking International.)  Along with 25 other professionals, we have lunch together every Wednesday specifically to refer business to each other.

This past Wednesday, I was carrying a book I'm reading, Seth Godin's Linchpin.

When I shared it with Maury, he responded "I wrote a chapter in one of Seth Godin's books.  It was a long time ago."  Maury's chapter (Fax On Demand) appears in Godin's 1995 book eMarketing ~ Reaping Profits on the Information Highway.

"Givers Gain!"

We never know who the person in our sphere of influence knows.  The next time you're wondering how someone else can help you, think instead how you might get to know them better, and help them.  That's the philosophy taught by Dr. Ivan Misner, founder of Business Networking International.

Who do you know?  Who does your friend know?  I like that second question!


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Comments (5)

Connie Harvey
Pilkerton Realtors - Brentwood, TN
Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate

Mike, I always gain so much more when I focus on who I can help or How I can help. Imagine emarketing in 1995. I barely had a computer back then!

Jun 22, 2010 02:41 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

Small world and it's getting much smaller with all the technical access we have to each other.  BNI is a great way to grow your business.

Jun 22, 2010 02:44 AM
Ken Speer
Alpha Global Associates - Phoenix, AZ

Well said and an excellent point.  Sphere of influence is a huge thing, especially when so many of our leads are referrals, not only from past clients, but also many new ones thru networking.

Jun 22, 2010 02:50 AM
Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor

It is indeed an excellent point! Thanks for sharing!

Jun 23, 2010 02:27 AM
Don Sabinske
Don Sabinske, Sabinske & Associates Inc. - Zimmerman, MN
Sabinske & Associates Inc.

I think having a connection with Seth Godin is like six degrees of Kevin Bacon.  Someone knows someone who has something to do with Seth Godin as you just demonstrated.  Try it sometime. 

Jun 26, 2010 11:06 PM