Sometimes when a smart and good guy says something totally out of left field, it’s extra funny. And so it was when said smart and good guy framed a story about someone else doing small talk during networking and described it as ‘meaningless contact’.
We’ve all be there, done that. And yet that small talk – or meaningless contact – often does have meaning even though at the time it may not seem so. Not every time of course – but often!
And I’ve found more value from small talk when it’s done in business across borders. You can’t put a price on ‘small talk’ and getting the flow of a person’s personality and character. That becomes ground-working that invariably comes in handy down the road in a crisis, and at a time when the additional comfort you have with the other person pays off big time.
So when you’re doing business – and especially international business – be meaningless!
In the spirit of yin and yang, being meaningless is meaningful.
And in the words of one of my favorite old American folk sayings, go ‘mo slow to go ‘mo fast.