Great article from Ryan Holmes, Founder of Hootsuite, on Business Insider. This 'pay it forward' attitude and approach is a quality shared by many of the most of the successful people I know.
If business is all about who you know, then this simple line — How can I help? — might be the ultimate networking tool. At its heart, it's a powerful way to fast-track relationships and build goodwill. By offering to help, you cultivate instant rapport and establish an immediate sense of trust. Rather than waiting for people to prove themselves to you, you take the bull by the horns and prove yourself to them. A foundation is built — with striking speed and efficiency — for future interactions.