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 but 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 follow up.
So… follow up! 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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He has worked for a national consultancy firm and leading financial institution as well as investing in international community development.
Andy is the director of Heaven in Business and together with his wife, Janine, leads Dream Culture – a movement catalyzing people to discover and live their dreams. Andy and Janine live with their four children in Redding, CA. For more see www.AndyandJanine.com.