While developers and business owners get a lot of love in the WordPress community, there is another skillset that lurks beneath the usual din of blog posts and events. It can be far more valuable and far reaching than code or business plans. This skill, applied at the right moments, can and has changed my life in very meaningful ways. In fact, it has changed my life more than experience, resume, and charisma ever could (I’m definitely not saying that I’m charismatic).
I’m talking about the skill of connecting people. While everyone does this to some degree, I have found that there are certain people who are naturally connectors. They know lots of people and know when and how to introduce them.
This skill at connecting people can spark new jobs, new business opportunities, life-long friendships and so much more. One of the companies that I previously worked for paid consultants millions of dollars per year to have this skill and connect them to prospective clients who were looking. That’s all. Not to pitch them. Not to win them. Just to introduce them.
I was lucky enough to have a friend who has this exact skill.
Have you met my friend, Sarah Pressler?
If so, you know that she is going to hate this article as it talks about her.
If not, I suggest you follow her on Twitter. Go ahead, I’ll wait.
Sarah creates value in the WordPress community. She doesn’t consider herself a developer. She isn’t a business owner (that I know of). And that’s okay. In fact, her skillset is far more valuable. Sarah, quite simply, is a connector. She knows everyone. It’s crazy. She knows people’s backgrounds, what WordCamps they attend and if they are hiring or looking for a job. In fact, she runs a site that posts remote jobs that she goes out and collects from other job boards, WordCamps, and other places. She has personally introduced me to people that have made huge impacts in my professional life and in my family’s life.
Sarah is a connector. She not only knows and cares for a lot of people, but she recognizes when two or more of those people have the possibility of doing great things together. Then she does something about it and introduces them. She creates value by helping others create value that they couldn’t otherwise create. That’s powerful. That’s valuable.
What about you? Are you a connector? Do you know one? Give them a shout out. Let them know that you appreciate them. That skill might just change your life.