How many times have you attended or participated in a networking | social event and exchanged business cards, had general conversation with a person(s), heck you’ve even been invited to or asked to participate in some of their events, etc.? You really thought you’d made a connection, maybe not “critical”, at least a decent one.
Now it’s your turn — you’re sharing with your connections the great news about what’s happening in your business, or at work, you’re asking them to participate in other opportunities to connect and grow, and what do you know? Now they want to be “un-connected”.
I’m going to make a strong statement right here — If you don’t want to “really connect” with folks, because your original intention for connecting was selfish to begin with, then don’t go through the motions. Save your energy and reflect on your original intention for why you are connecting to people. I can assure you you’ll have another chance to meet again, and maybe even on a bigger platform. So to answer the question that relates to this particular instance, NOT to Connect. Save your business cards.