“We’ve texted a lot for not knowing each other”
Adam and I meet in the tortuously slow moving ski rental line.
Our kids are hungry. And tired.
He asks me if he’s in the right line.
I tell him I hope so, since I’m also looking to rent skis for myself and my kids.
Over the next 45 minutes we chat about how we heard about Copper Mountain.
We figure out together how to use the computers for getting registered.
We chat about our plans for the week.
We learn that both our wives don’t ski.
We joke that we could ski together while our kids take lessons.
So we exchange phone numbers.
We text back and forth the first day, but never end up at the same lift at the same time.
The second day we have a plan, then I take a wrong turn and end up in the wrong village.
20 minutes and dozens of frantic texts later we finally meet at the top of Timberline.
“We’ve texted a lot for not knowing each other.”
It’s true. And also worth it.
We have a blast.
We both like skiing moguls.
We both like wooded trails.
Over the course of the week, we ski together for a grand total of about 4 hours.
But it’s fun.
And it gets me thinking about your Elevator Pitch.
Because networking is about more than finding clients.
The conversations on the slopes help me find good trails, avoid long lift lines, and discover family friendly dinners.
Not to mention someone to ski with.
So at your next networking event…
Ask people how they heard about the event.
Ask them about their plans for the weekend.
Get to know people.
Enjoy making connections.
You never know who you’ll meet.
That’s business networking.