Today’s Perfect Moment is a celebration of what I call casual networking. Casual networking is not some new Linkedin buzzword. Casual networking is what used to be called conversation and people looking out for you. Before you say “huh?”, please continue reading.
So, my mother had a notion to take a vacation somewhere. She hit upon the idea of going to Ireland. However, other than her children, she didn’t know who to go with. Drawing upon my experience of a group tour, she wondered if there were group tour for senior citizens. I opined that if there were group trips for any number of niche audiences (knitters, wrestling fans, heavy metal enthusiasts, jack Russell owners, recovering alcoholics, bingo addicts and magicians, there must be trips for seniors.
Sadly, her Google skills seemed to let her down. She found lots of trips, but none for seniors.
To understand the idea of casual networking, you must understand that ESL teachers, perhaps starved for conversation with their students, tend to have rapid fire conversations involving multiple people and topics in a crowded room. The topics range from grammar to vacations to the aforementioned heavy metal boat cruise. So it should be no surprise that I mentioned the idea of a seniors tour to some coworkers, wondering if their mothers or fathers had ever been on one.
Today, one of my coworkers and oldest friends at work said that she saw a Seniors Tour Company two blocks from our work. Since there is a traffic light there, she often had to stop there, and it had kind of faded from consciousness through repetition. Our conversation brought it to the forefront.
As a result I was able to get a brochure and spend a few months discussing the trip with one of the representatives. If not for casual networking, or talking with people, it never would have happened.