Matchmaking: What are the incentives for someone to connect two people they know?

I would go so far as to say that connecting two people, especially when you are not going to get anything out of it directly is the cornerstone of building credibility in networking.

Turn the situation around and think who do you prefer to network with A.  Someone who only wants to put effort into things that benefit them directly and immediately or B. Someone who is willing to help you out even if there is no incentive for them to do so.  I think you will find that most people will be turned off by A the "I want in return" networker and be naturally drawn to Type B.

It may even cost you some time and effort in the short term, but in my experience it pays off huge dividends in the long term.

3 Replies to “Matchmaking: What are the incentives for someone to connect two people they know?”

  1. A big part of networking is simply helping people out.  Connecting two people who might benefit by knowing each other is one meaningful way you can help them both.

  2. Here are five incentives for connecting two people you know:

    1. Helping friends build their companies.
    2. Helping them find quality companies vs. the opposite.
    3. Improving the value of overall network.
    4. Intrinsic.  Being nice.
    5. Favor.
  3. Scratch my back, I'll scratch yours. And we'll both save on back-scratching equipment, cuz anyways those things break…

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