Find and Steward Divine Connections 004
Divine connections. Everyone wants them. But how do you build a life that will consistently find them, and keep them? I am glad you asked! Over the last three blogs we have outlined some of the benefits and also key paradigms and principles that I have learned are non-negotiable. In this blog I outline some super practical strategies I use to help steward the Divine connections I have made.
I don’t know about you I don’t remember all of the details of any conversation I have! So how do you steward a Divine conversation that you don’t want to screw up?
When I was working in consultancy and banking I would take notes on my computer or on carbon copy pads, leaving one copy with the client. At the bottom of the carbon copy was a section titled “Action Points.” This would be for both them and for me to follow up.
Now I use evernote. Evernote is a simple word processing application that sync’s across my phone, iPad and laptop. As I am talking with a Divine connection, I will take notes about our conversation. Note: if you are face-to-face sit beside them so they can see what you are writing and that the laptop/device doesn’t become a barrier between you. Taking notes achieves two purposes. Firstly it helps me to stay focused on the conversation. Secondly, it records the key points about the conversation that I can refer to next time we connect.
I will take note of pertinent pieces of information such as contact information, family names, background, key dreams and goals. I will also take note of any agreed on outcomes or actions that either of us commit to. This is then a reference point for our next conversation.
2. Take the initiative
Before leaving the conversation I will endeavor to ask when we will be meeting next (assuming this is desired/appropriate). Rather than asking if we will meet, I will ask when we will meet. That sounds something like, “Shall we connect in two weeks or four weeks time?”
I will then take the initiative to schedule the next meeting in my calendar and send them the invite. If you never leave a meeting without scheduling the next one, you will be off to a wonderful head start.
3. Follow up
I had a tendency to wait and see if the Divine connection followed up with me. I’ve learned not to assume. One connection I didn’t schedule a followup meeting although the history of connection was around once/month. When I didn’t hear from them in a few months I started to wonder if I had said or done something to offend them (my head trash!). Finally when I did reach out to connect it turned out completely the opposite – they were just waiting for me to followup.
So… followup! Email. Phone. Text. Never assume.
Next blog I will give you three things I do to keep the God-factor in the God-connection.
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