Last week I was scrolling social media and I saw a resume for a person that I happen to know very casually. When I looked at it, I said to myself ‘you should share their resume’. However, I must admit there was a part of me that was hesitant because I have reached out to this person many times about my networking group and very rarely have they ever responded to me. There was a part of me that said ‘you do not owe them any favors’.
I did end up sharing the resume, because I felt it was the right thing to do, but I find it is hard to always do the right thing. Sometimes I just have to say no. For example, it always amazes me when people who are active in other networking groups reach out to me to promote their business and then get mad when I say I cannot help them because they are not a client and that would not be fair to my paying clients. When you are asking for a favor please be fair and respectful to the person you are asking and be gracious if they say no.
There are two points to this tip. First, do your best to be kind to people and do your best to help people when you can. Second, be fair to people.
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