Recently, I discovered that a longtime CMA and group member had played college basketball not far from where I went to school. A few years ago, I found out that gentleman who sat next to me at a group meeting was a decorated hero from the Korean War. Unfortunately, both discoveries were a result of reading their obituaries.
Today, with Facebook and Twitter posting everyone’s daily activities, likes and dislikes out there for all to see, I am still amazed at how little I know about some people that I have had lunch with every month for decades at the group meetings. On Tuesday, I discovered that a member had attended the same concert I went to on Friday at Staples Center, the night before in Fresno. Our conversations will now extend past contributing and attending when I call her.
You already share a profession with the people sitting at your niche group meeting. The possibilities are unlimited for other things in common; schools attended, companies worked for, favorite teams, hobbies, vacation spots.
My goal has always been to get more information and participation from the members of groups in an effort to get critical mass. Groups do not have to be just alerts and past dues. For those who insist that we stay focused on Business, consider that forging these relationships might result in some advanced warnings about a problem account.
Take a few minutes at your next group meeting, put down the aging report and find out what movie the person on your right thinks will win the Oscar, or how they got in credit.
Years from now, I don’t want you to read that we were both diehard Yankee fans.