What have you done to help others?
A LOT OF people I know sit around wondering when something good is going to come their way. They skeptically watch and envy the people around them that they perceive to be lucky. They see people benefit from the generosity of others - and that doesn't necessarily mean handouts.
It means seeing people in business benefit from an introduction to a large customer. It means seeing people landing their dream job due to them getting a recommendation and an introduction from someone they've known for a while. It means people benefiting from an unsolicited action someone they know has taken.
When people sit there and watch all of these positive things happen to people around them, they often wonder when their turn will come. They wonder when that big break will come for them. But there is one thing they often forget to ask themselves. What have you done to help someone you know? Random acts of kindness in business and in life are things we can never overlook. They not only benefit the recipient, but they create an ongoing circle of beneficial actions for everyone involved.
Trust me when I tell you, when you go out of your way to help others, you too will eventually benefit from the generosity of others. But there are two things I think are important to mention. You can't ask for it and you can't expect it.
I know you are busy, and I know you are worried about your own well-being. But think about this. When was the last time you truly helped someone in your network from a business perspective without being asked? Here are a few things you can do today, unsolicited, to go out of your way and help someone you know. And don't expect anything in return.
Don't do it for the wrong reasons. Do it because it's right and will truly help people you know.
Make an introduction: This is one of the simplest and most beneficial things anyone can do for people they know. Think of all the people in your network and how they could each benefit from connecting with each other.
Make an introduction to people that don't know each other and could potentially develop a mutually beneficial business relationship.
Connect someone you know in sales with a prospective client. This is easy and something they will never forget.
Some of the greatest success stories in business are directly linked to someone they know helping them connect with someone they didn't know.
Help someone land a job: It's not a secret that most people land the best jobs through people in their network. If you know someone looking for an opportunity and know of a position that may be a good fit and you have some influence with, take it upon yourself to help them get in front of the right people.
Make it a point to connect them with the hiring managers and decision makers and as long as they are worthy of it, endorse them and put your name on their skills and abilities.
You never know when you may be in a situation where you need the favor returned.Write a recommendation on LinkedIn: This is one of those things I personally need to work on and do a better job with. How many great people have you worked with in your career?
Why not take a few minutes and write them a recommendation on LinkedIn?
Thoughtful and unsolicited recommendations on LinkedIn go a long way and truly help enhance and improve someone's credibility.
Christopher Thompson (firstname.lastname@example.org) writes Closing the Deal weekly. Thompson is the vice president of sales and services for Leadership Solutions at Skillsoft, a Nashua-based provider of learning solutions. Visit Skillsoft on the web at skillsoft.com.