Social networking

Singapore 18th October 2010

As part of our business we are invited regularly to a sponsor or supplier night. Often the sponsor and the lighting supplier are the same and the “get together” is organized in conjunction with an event. Tonight the lighting fraternity attended a Philips sponsored night in conjunction with the I-Light festival at Marina Bay. Philips is one of the main sponsors. It is one of those nights were you meet your friends, colleagues and competitors in the lighting business. Our world is a small world and competition amongst us mostly friendly so it is nice to catch up and share experiences about our work. It is also a good place to catch up on the gossip, but I will keep that part to myself… 🙂

Social networking plays an important part in our business life. We meet new people, make new contacts and through word of mouth we get new business. Sometimes we meet by coincidence. Two weeks ago I met a former lighting supplier I had not seen in a decade, but the coincidence is that I met him at the chiropractor who is treating my back. He was getting a treatment there too. We brought back some old memories, exchanged contacts and low and behold a week later he contacted me with a lead for a new project which I am negotiating now….Tonight again I met some new and interesting people and you never know what will come out of it. Time will tell!

What always fascinates me is people’s background and how they got to where they are in their life. Some had it easy, some had it tough and some had really amazing adventures en route to their current situation. I like to think my path to the present has been pretty amazing with lots of ups and downs spiced with unpredictable adventures along the way.  I feel blessed and am very grateful for where I am.  It is the people I met along the way and the opportunities they brought along that have shaped my life. Without the mistakes, I would not have learned, without the successes I would not have matured. Social networking is an art at which I don’t feel overly skilled but that has certainly helped me grow, businesswise and personally.

18. October 2010 by Martin Klaasen
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