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“I have an hour. Maybe I can help.” This phrase has helped move Jillian into spaces of growth and relational development. Join her and learn how living generously can reshape the way you network.

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As a Montanan, Jillian loves a good gardening analogy. As she shares her method of “planting a thousand seeds” we learn that networking is a lot like a bountiful garden. Farmers plant their seeds very early and in large quantities knowing that not every seed will sprout and not every plant will be harvested. Wisdom tells us that in our professional lives planting the proverbial seeds of success means investing in our communities and sowing generously into the lives of those who are moving in similar directions. 

The simple phrase, “I have an hour. Maybe I can help.” has become Jillian’s mantra. This has allowed her to enter into creative spaces and test out areas of interest with people she genuinely desires to help. Jillian reminds us that just showing up for someone is a simple and low-risk opportunity to see exponential growth in our relationships. 

By putting ourselves out there we develop a brave mindset that is not afraid to give what we have, even if we aren’t an expert. We aren’t committing to seeing an idea from conception to conclusion, but instead we are offering small, manageable snippets of ourselves to help someone. Certain seeds will need to be thinned or will not grow, but others have the potential to build into meaningful and authentic friendships or professional relationships. 

The bounty of the crop can also be found in the ways we learn about ourselves in this process. The things we think we are exceptional at or the things that we think are beneficial to others aren’t always the things that truly made a difference.

“Sometimes we have a mixed perception of what we think was helpful and what people received as helpful.”

By opening ourselves up to new experiences and the intentional evaluation and reflection that follows we can grow in profound ways.

Developing our network doesn’t have to be hard, but it does need to be intentional.