I received a message on LinkedIn yesterday. It read:
Martin! It has been like 23 years since we met in Silicon Valley. I so enjoyed our connection. You still in digital media? How have you been?”
A couple clicks reminded me of our connection and the memory popped into my head of a couple of drinks at a conference reception. Didn’t think anything of it at the time. One of the maxims I keep top of mind is:
Respond with KindnessMartin Tobias
I remembered our conversation. He was pitching me a start up and I showed curiosity and was impressed by his authenticity and passion. While I didn’t invest, I gave him kind attention. Apparently he appreciated it and remembered for 23 years.
Respond with Kindness. It will pay you back 100X.