Do you know the different between Networking and Connecting?

Barton George tweeted about an article on connecting.

Barton George
Forget Networking. How to Be a Connector  <- Im down with this :-)

The article is a good one to think about.

Forget Networking. How to Be a Connector

Forget Networking. How to Be a Connector
Photo courtesy of Josh Bycel
Connector Josh Bycel raised $50,000 in three weeks to fund a medical clinic at a refugee camp in Darfur.

We all know people like them, people who seem to know everyone. They're always able to help -- or if they can't, they know someone who can. You meet them for the first time and in 15 minutes, you're talking with them like you're childhood friends. They're successful, smart and funny, with a likable touch of self-deprecation. And they're interested in everything.

How do you find a connector?  look for three traits.

Traits such as energy, insatiable curiosity and a willingness to take chances seem to be the common thread among connectors -- as well as an insistence that connecting is not the same as networking.

Do you want to be a connector?  Can you do this?

Perhaps one of the most important attributes of a connector is a willingness to help and to reach out even if there is no obvious or immediate payback.

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