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The Power of Quiet Connectors, by Robyn Scott — Medium

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Quiet is golden:

We want to help people see the impact of their intros and — in understanding how to be more generous with, and grateful for, intros — to make better connections.

We’d expected loud, highly social people to dominate amongst our users. The people you assume connect a lot of people because they seek out, and flourish in, heady networking environments.

We were wrong.When we ask our users to name the best connectors they know, again and again, they introduce us to people who are private, modest and low key.

These people, who regularly transform others’ careers and businesses through connections, are quiet.

“I‘ve never liked the word ‘networking’”, says Susan Cain, a kind of “Queen of Quiet”, famous for her bestselling book, Quietabout the power of introverts. “It suggests there’s only one way to form social connections.”

Uncomfortable with a more-is-better approach, Susan’s strategy is instead to “go through the world looking for kindred spirits.” This means, she says, that you want to help. “Connecting is effortless.”

It’s not only effortless, but effective.

Adam Grant — the bestselling author of Give and Take, and an incredibly generous, quiet connector — introduced me to Susan, as the “best connector I know”.

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