I recently joined a book club. I would say 90% of the members are attorneys. Yes, I know, it’s pretty weird that an accountant like myself is their mix. I was having second thoughts during the first few minutes about whether or not I can carry conversations if law was discussed. Suprisingly, these down to earth attorneys know to leave their work at the door. I learned amazing things about them. And, I learn something very powerful about social clubs. One of the lawyers, a very chatty and highly energetic member, told the club leader he found the perfect spot for next month’s luncheon/discussion. Unfortunately the restaurant he found currently does not serve vegan meals. And, he’s a vegan. He recounted how he pulled the restaurant’s manager aside and said, “Well, you know, I belong to a lot of social clubs. Wherever I go, I can bring a lot of customers to your restaurants. It would be nice if you have just a few dishes for people like me.”
What a powerful thing. Here’s a man who learned how to appropriately leverage his connections to get what he wants.