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Are You Making the Most of 48 Days Connections in Your Area?

Today I had the privilege of meeting fellow 48Days.net member Randell Mark Olson for coffee.  He reached out to me when he saw my posts here at 48Days.net and realized we lived in the same city.  It was awesome to meet him, learn about his coaching business, and share our goals and dreams for the future.

We also talked about other 48Days.net members with whom we had mutually interacted with in the past, and who have positively impacted our lives, including Andy Traub, Kevin Miller, Kent Julian, and of course, Dan Miller himself.

Randell and I decided we wanted to meet again to encourage and support each other, and invite others in our community to join us for a 48 Days meet-up.

Last week I had lunch with Erik Fisher, another 48Days.net member who is host of the Beyond The To-Do List Podcast. I was in Erik's area for a conference and messaged him through Twitter to see if he'd be willing to meet for lunch.  I was blessed to be able to connect with him.

Somehow, before I knew Erik through 48Days.net, I had heard of him through another 48Days.net member Cliff Ravenscraft.  I had the privilege of meeting Cliff, along with Pat Flynn, a year ago at a meet-up that Cliff and Pat jointly hosted in Chicago at the Financial Bloggers Conference. They were such gracious hosts, and we all had a great time getting to know them and each other.

In August, I had the privilege of meeting three 48Days.net members:  Kimanzi Constable, Joe LaLonde, and Alana Mokma.  I heard that Kimanzi was going to be in my city (Grand Rapids, MI) to speak at WordCamp, so I reached out to him to see if he'd be available for lunch.  He said sure, and let's also connect with Joe and Alana, who were coming to the same event.

We all hung out at the sessions together and enjoyed a great lunch and time of fellowship. Pictured from left to right are Alana, Kimanzi, Joe, and yours truly.

In just a couple of months, I've enjoyed some really rich person-to-person connections made through 48Days.net.

And that's not even to mention the great folks that have reached out to me through blog comments - people like Jen McDonough "The Iron Jen" and Ann Musico.

In the future, I plan on attending events like Speak it Forward and Write it to the Bank, and will look forward to meeting even more 48Days.net members.

It's up to me to find ways to make the most of those connections and to stay engaged with these folks, while also continuing to reach out to others. 

How are you doing at managing the relationships you've made, or could make, through 48Days.net?

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Comment by Erik Fisher on November 2, 2012 at 8:31am

Rich, it was great to sit down and talk with you. Great post! I always try to find time to make sure I can meet with people when we are in the same radius. :)

Comment by Peter A Ferguson on November 2, 2012 at 6:24am

Great reminder to expand the network. Jeff David and I grab lunch regularly. I met Camden Ross when I was in Boise, and during Coaching With Excellence I met many here on this forum. I've reached out to everyone who lists Utah as their home, but Jeff is the only one to reply - but I'll try again. 

Comment by Ann Musico on November 2, 2012 at 5:53am

What wonderful connections - I have to say the people I've met through 48 days, yourself included, have consistently enriched my life in so many ways!  I am daily grateful for the comments, posts that make me think differently, and support I have received and hopefully give to others as well!  This is a truly wonderful community.

Comment by Robert Clinton on November 1, 2012 at 4:05pm

Rich, how awesome is that! Yeah, just spoke to Randell, and he told me about your meetup... Amazing what can happen in a community like this... Great things happen when great minds and forward thinkers connect.

Comment by Karen Putz on November 1, 2012 at 4:04pm

Those are amazing connections!

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