Be the Authority by Being the Networker
You want to be the Authority in your Niche. You want to be the Goto person in your space. If you aren't convinced check out my post >>Be the Authority NOT the Expert.
Here is one step how you can be the Authority in your niche by being a networker or a connector. This means you know people. Not only do you know people but you can connect other people to each other. By connecting two people together, those people will remember it.
Really cool things can come out of collaborations.
The connection you make for other people could really benefit you or your audience. Plus, whenever those two people remember how they met, they will remember you. It's kinda like playing business match maker.
Don't keep rising stars to yourself, share them with the world.
The best way to introduce two people is in an email. I do this ALL the time with my BLAB co-hosts. I start an email with both parties in the (TO) field. I give a short bio on each of them plus leave their website URL's. I also give a reason why I am connecting them together. Typically this is connection pertains to my BLAB topic, but it could be more.
Sometimes I e-mails are as simple as this...
Connecting two people is awesome.
For example, I connected my good friend Rachel with Kara because they're both bad ass bloggers but they're also huge Harry Potter Fans. To this day, I see them collaborating on a bunch of stuff. *Its a warm fuzzy feeling*
Best Connection can come from SUPER GREEN NEW PEOPLE
Seriously. I LOVE giving out shout outs to really awesome newbies at their craft. If someone has left her or his 9 to 5 job or starting a side hustle, I want to connect. I want to checkout what they have going on. Then I either collaborate with them, keep them in my arsenal of resources OR pass on their information to someone else to network with. The hardest part of starting a business is finding your community or tribe.
I want everyone to succeed. There are 7 billion people in the world, one person isn't going to be my competition.