James Cameron, in an interview with Oprah, explained the meaning of the Na’vi greeting, “I see you,” from the movie Avatar. He explained that the greeting means “I understand who you are.”
I think this is a common human desire, but sorely lacking in most business interactions.
In an effort to practice the Na’vi greeting, I tried an experiment. A few days prior to a recent networking event, I searched LinkedIn for the names of everyone who had responded with an RSVP and sent each one a note and request to be added to my network. In a way, it was my way of saying to each one, “I see you,” or “I understand who you are.” I read each one’s summary, and saw the friends we had in common. I found it to be a much more beneficial event as a result.
So, the next time you go to a networking event to “see and be seen,” think of the Na’vi greeting. It should be, and can be, much more than an exchange of business cards!
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