Why collect business cards or try to meet random strangers online who “want to connect”, when you have the most influence and clout with the people you currently know well? Wouldn’t you rather negotiate with friends? Leverage the power of the “mutual introduction” and achieve prestige. Ask the people you associate with for help first.
“Help with what?” Anything: contract negotiation, relationship problems, homework, relevant opportunity, etc.
“I don’t like to ask others for help.” First, your time is valuable. When you ask for help, you are giving prestige to the recipient by signaling that THEY are worth YOUR time. Second, studies show people underestimate the potential willingness of others to help them out--Google it. Also look up the “Benjamin Franklin effect”: when you ask others for help, they like you more! When you leverage help from others, you foster existing relationships. Accepting help and bonding: It’s a win-win opportunity for everyone.
“But what if they can’t help me with what I need help with?” This is where most people fail. If you don’t know someone who can help you directly, ask someone you know to make an introduction!
You have clout with your close contacts: leverage it. If you have a strong relationship, you don’t need to negotiate for that introduction: they’ll be happy to help you. If your friend can’t help you, she can look through her contact book and introduce you to someone who CAN help.
Meeting people through an associate or friend-of-a-friend has tremendous advantages:
Break the ice immediately! You share a mutual contact; you can start by asking how they know each other.
Less potential risk. When meeting a stranger, you never know who they really are or if their intentions are relevant or honest. Mutual acquaintances are already pre-screened by the introducer.
Aligned goals. When you meet through a mutual contact, it’s that much more likely that you share common interests and goals and want to succeed together. Who wants to negotiate with a stranger who is only looking out for themself?
Strengthen existing relationships. When you share more friends with existing friends, you foster a web of people that is much stronger. Imagine a party where people only associate with a couple people they know, versus a party where everyone is bonding. Yeah, it’s that much better when everyone knows everyone else!
Achieve what you want. A mutual friend making an Intro has some influence over the people meeting each other.
Build prestige & clout among your contacts.
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Foster relationships: when Intros are made in the app, the introducing party is a participant in the discussion!
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Bonding with existing friends. You don’t have to only talk to new people!
* Create an introduction using SMS/email from your contact book. Intro’d parties are put in a chat room together. Strengthen and foster your existing relationships by giving help/value.
* No negotiation: privacy is protected. When you Intro people, personal data is not revealed automatically. They can choose what data about themselves to share using an Intros Card. Chatting is HTTPS secured.
* Intros Card – virtual business cards. Unlike business cards, Intros Cards are customizable on-the-fly: share only a work email with an associate while sharing a phone # with someone else. Intros Card makes it easy to only share relevant, up-to-date information.
* Actualize your potential – your activity in the app is used to calculate a “Net Intros Score”. Our algorithm holistically tracks your professional/social development. As you improve at connecting people, bonding, and negotiation, your score and prestige will go up over time.
* EZRA is your AI assistant. EZRA keeps the opportunity alive by sending reminders to people who have not responded to you and suggesting when you should follow-up with people.