Smart entrepreneurs understand the value of building relationships. Connecting with others helps us grow – both personally and professionally.
Just visit your local Starbucks, Panera Bread or la Madeleine during lunchtime on a weekday, and you’re likely to find at least a few business owners sharing ideas, brainstorming solutions or just getting to know each other. These familiar locations provide a comfortable environment, neutral ground and usually free Wi-Fi!
But could these venues be a little too comfortable, generic or even (dare I say it) boring? Perhaps a tad less comfort and a change of pace would shake things up and keep us on our toes – you know, get more blood flowing and spark those brilliant ideas that seem to come out of the blue.
A colleague recently suggested a relationship-building idea especially made for me.
She had just joined me on a short “reposition” flight in the D.C. area – which entails a one-way drive and one-way flight to relocate an airplane for an owner with a fractional share in a Cirrus aircraft. The process boils down to approximately 90 minutes of driving (great for undisturbed conversation and collaboration), followed by a 30-minute flight over the D.C. landscape, which is always breathtaking.
I do these “reposition” flights a couple times per month. Occasionally, I invite friends and colleagues to join me. But Akia recommended that I take it a step further and use this as a unique networking tool for building business relationships.
What a brilliant suggestion! This experience definitely has the potential to shift people out of their comfort zones and to get them thinking in new ways. And what could be more fun than combining my passion for flying with my passion for business?
These “drive ‘n fly” meetings are now part of my 2013 plan. Less time in Starbucks – more time on “Taussig Air.” I’ll let you know how it goes.
So, what can you do to spice up your business relationships in 2013? Please share your ideas below, and let us know how it works out.
Here’s to trying something new in 2013!
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