In this day and age of social media and webinars and teleconferences and such, I feel my job is a little old school which may be a little new school for some. My job is basically to connect people. You know what I mean? In the same room, not just names on a screen. Now that sounds pretty easy but I have to come up with ways to connect people which sometimes is a little difficult with all the demands for time people have. Specifically, my job is to connect family business owners, leaders, key employees, next gens’ and others. So the challenges are scheduling - when would be “convenient” for them to come and topics that “might” interest them.
So why do I have the best job? Because of the outcome that I can see from actually accomplishing it, maybe even the thanks from the owners when they are connected to someone that can help. Family Business Owners I have to say are amazing people, and seriously it doesn’t matter which generation. Some are amazingly creative, entrepreneurial, some are great leaders, and some are finding their way. But mostly they are nice, yes I mean actually nice. People you want to be around, people you want to talk to, learn from, listen to, take a tour of the business. Seriously I know that sounds corny but they have incredible stories, values, are humble and so proud of the people (family) that have come before them.
So back to my job…. this week was especially showing, I attended two webinars and a teleconference. Ho Hum…. looking at a screen, listening on the telephone, now granted they were educational and necessary and I did get tidbits from them that I will share soon but no connection was made. Fortunately one of the webinars, I had three business owners in the room with me. We did communicate a little throughout the webinar, about what we were hearing so that was good and it made it even more worthwhile.
In the past few years NYFBC has been able to connect some well known business owners with each other and they have benefited from those connections. We are very proud of that. When we have an event someone new is always there and makes a connection with someone else. It is “nice” to see.
So next time you have a free morning instead of signing up for a webinar come to one of the NYFBC meetings and meet someone new, see someone from the past. Connect, reconnect, share, learn from your peers. Visit our website and see what topic might interest you, you never know who you will see there.
Loving My Job – Donna