When Dr. Misner’s daughter Cassie was 8 years old, she made him a stick figure from red pipe cleaner and called it Bob. He promised to take it everywhere with him, as in this photo from Hong Kong. He started taking these photos so he could send them to Cassie when he wasn’t able to make it to one of her events. Dr. Misner still carries Bob in his briefcase, even though Cassie is in her twenties.
Bob teaches us two lessons about networking. First, he is a great example of how small gestures can forge powerful connections between people. Even when you can’t be there with your professional connections, reach out to make contact. Staying connected is part of building a powerful network.
Second, Bob is a terrific representation of why it’s so important to explain the value that you and your business bring to the table. If you ask a stranger to photograph you with a pipe-cleaner man, you need to explain why. Once Dr. Misner explains his reason for wanting that photo, people always understand.
Bob has his own photo album–if you go to the public Ivan Misner page on Facebook, you can see all the pictures.
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