Are you being stingy and hoarding what you know? Maybe it’s time to be the conduit!
I believe in sharing information and resource? Do you?
All too often I run into people who have great stories to share, know where to go to find the latest and greatest information, or have expertise others should know about.
These people are too good to keep a secret.
One of the best ways you can add value to your network is by sharing (and giving credit to) the knowledgeable people you know! You can help spread the word and at the same time, you are serving as a conduit.
Sharing Is Caring
One way to help promote your own skills is by sharing what you know with others.
Think about the things you have discovered through the school of hard knocks, personally and professionally. You may think no one else cares about what you’ve learned, but I would like to challenge you to think differently. There is someone, somewhere who needs to hear your message and lessons-learned. How will you share it?
Mentoring, either formally or informally, is a wonderful way to share what you’ve learned. But where do you find mentoring opportunities? There are resources that match mentees with mentors, LinkedIn even has a feature.
Or you could approach your employer/manager/boss and ask if they would be open to the idea of you starting up a program within your company.
You could see if your professional organization has opportunities.
And if you are unemployed, think about offering your mentorship to new job seekers in the group.
Please, step out of your comfort zone and make a difference in someone else’s life.
Some people just have a knack for acquiring information.
Are you the type of person who always seems to know where to go to get answers and/or always seems to be in-the-know?
If you are the sponge, find an outlet to share your discoveries. This could be a blog or your favorite social network.
The conduit ensures information continues to flow.
The conduit doesn’t necessarily have the answer to the question, but they know where to go to find it. If you are privy to information, data, or resources that could help other people, will you please share it?
If promoting your own knowledge is difficult, then promote the skills/knowledge expertise of someone you respect. Introduce two people who would benefit from knowing each other. You could even promote an upcoming event they are participating in.
Here’s a challenge: Can you incorporate one of these phrases into your daily language?
Have you talked to [insert name of knowledgeable source] about this yet?
Do you know about [insert name of helpful resource]?
You may have already seen this [article, story, information] but I thought you may find it helpful.