Connectors are interesting and important pieces of any network. I am going to be honest with myself here...I do not think I am a natural born connector.
But, lately, I do find lots of satisfaction out of connecting two people and them having a positive interaction together. Crafting introductions can be super powerful.
I like this definition of what a connector is, borrowed from Gladwell:
Connectors make change happen through people. They galvanize people. They’re natural hubs. That’s just the way they’re oriented to the world. These are people who, every time you ask a question, start flipping a Rolodex in the back of their mind, saying, “Who do I know who knows this? Who do I know who has done this? Who do I know that I need to connect you with?” They love connecting you with people, because they’re all about the people.
You might be a connector if:You are constantly referring people to the right expert or service to solve their problem.
You love networking and talking with people, just for the sake of doing it.
When you’re talking to people, they say, “Wow – you know everyone!”
The stories you tell always focus on the people, not the ideas or the sizzle.
Understanding where you fall in a network can be extremely formative in your personal and professional development.