It all started with a “Hi”

This is a guest blog post from Megan Gioeli of M.Gioeli Photography.

I was standing in a long line at a fabric store, “Jo-Ann Fabrics” about 8 months ago when I met a lady I’ll call “M”.  She was standing behind me in line when I turned and started up a casual conversation with her.  I asked her what project she was working on.  I learned that she owns a company where she makes pocketbooks out of recycled materials (i.e. old ties, left over fabrics, etc.). I told her I was a photographer, we chatted for a while longer waiting in the long line and then exchanged business cards.  Later I noticed she “liked” my photography business page “M.Gioeli Photography” on facebook and we went on to add each other as FaceBook friends.  A few weeks later she contacted me to take pictures at her daughter’s first birthday party in May 2011.  At the birthday party I met her friends and family.  Of course I gave them my card.  Once I completed her images I posted a few on my photography facebook page and tagged “M”.  Her friend and family commented on them.   I got several new “likes” on my page.  One friend “L” contacted me to do a session for her son & daughter months ago.  I am now booked to do several more sessions with “L”.  She told me that I am her new family photographer.  “L”‘s friend “A” contactd me a month ago because she is pregnant and wants some photography done.  After we talked for a while, she is now signed up for one of my newborn packages.  I will get to photograph her family for atleast the next year.  “A” told another one of her friends, “A” who is also pregnant, and she also wants to set up a maternity session with me.  A few weeks later “M” introduced me to yet another one of her friends “P”, who crochets and knits.  “P” and I are now working together.  She makes hats, blankets and other knit or crochet items for me to use in my photography and I am providing her images so she can promote her products online. 

All of these new connections occurred because I turned around to say “Hi” to someone wating in a shopping line. Lots of people call it networking, I think it’s just doing what luckily comes natural to me, start up a conversation with someone new as often as possible.

M.Gioeli Photography
www.mgioeliphotography.com

Author: NCWiseman

I am a Networking Strategist and LinkedIn coach and Trainer. I live by my personal edict, "Networking is finding, developing and nurturing relationships that mutually move people forward thru life." I want to help people become better Networkers and better LinkedIn users focused on their business and career goals.

2 thoughts on “It all started with a “Hi”

  1. Wow, the power of a simple hello!
    I know I love talking to strangers… something like this has never quite happened to me, but some of the most awesome moments in my life have happened with people I didn’t know at all.

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