Networking is about meeting and interacting with people to build success in businesses and communities. Anyone I meet can be an opportunity to collaborate with to pay it forward to help someone else. And, networking can happen in the strangest of places. I went to a Blessing of the Bikes a couple weeks ago and met Ric Metzgar a new Maryland Delegate from District 6 http://ricmetzgar.com/. I went with my husband to get our Harley’s blessed for this riding season and was blessed with a new partner in paying it forward.
I told Ric about my book, Gift of Desperation, and how I sent it to Maryland Governor Hogan as a recommended tool for the new Heroin Task Force because it depicts what addiction looks like from Claire Sebastian’s point of view – my main character – who is trying to understand it and recover from it. Claire’s story is not technical nor theoretical, like a text book, but realistic in the struggles one has when they discover their truth and decide to recover and heal. He is currently reading it.
Ric, in turn, introduced me to Anna Renault, http://www.annarenault.com/ who is a multiple survivor of cancer and author who is also passionate about helping others to heal and recover. Anna and I are now connected and plan to work together to continue to help our communities heal.
I then asked Ric to send out a FB message about the 5th Annual Boutique Sale, a fundraiser to support the Light of Truth Center – a home for recovering women in Baltimore. He did, helping to spread the word about a good cause.
Speaking of Baltimore, our city is burning and in trouble from riots. Delegate Metzgar reached out to the faith community to help network a message of community, hope, and healing. They in turn are reaching out to their communities to come together to stop the destruction and work together to heal and rebuild Baltimore.
Who can you network with today to pay it forward and help someone else heal and be successful?
Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love. Martin Luther King, Jr.