Another example of a nudge (and one that also came via Twitter) was being introduced to a training director in Ukraine by someone I interacted with on Twitter. We have never met in person but have a lot of the same people in our PLNs. I sent the training director an email, expressed my interest in returning to Ukraine, dropped the name of a professor in Kyiv that I had done some workshops for last year, and suggested that we could all work together to organize a PD event. Now, it looks like that's going to happen in October. This was thanks to two nudges, first my Twitter friend's, then mine.
Sometimes nudges lead directly to good things. A former student sent me a Facebook message one evening asking if I would be interested in going to Kazakhstan as a "foreign scientist" for four weeks. One of his mentors was the dean of a department and they were in a position to invite a visiting consultant. Most professors wouldn't be able to leave their schools in the middle of the semester so he thought of me and nudged me to apply. Less than three months later I was in Almaty. It was a great experience and I hope to return for an invited lecture in November.
Finally, some nudges lead to good things but in a more indirect way. Four years ago, one of my friends (and a fellow editor) was working with a professor from Russia who was employed by a university in Seoul. He was editing her academic journal articles before she submitted them for publication and asked if I could take over. I did and worked with her for around a year. During that time, one of her professional acquaintances in Moscow asked her if she knew a good editor that could work with the journal she was affiliated with. She introduced me and I have been working with that journal for several years now. It has been a rewarding experience to help the authors polish their papers and the journal pays well and on time.
When someone respects you enough to nudge you toward something that they think you would be a good professional match for, it really is an honor. It's not easy sticking your neck out for someone and putting your own reputation on the line. So, be sure to thank them and hopefully you will be in a position to nudge them (and others) toward a great opportunity somewhere down the line.