Having a bearing on or connection with the matter at hand.
I was listening to someone talk about being relevant. I have always thought that being relevant had to do with knowing something that no one else knows. Or being the first to know something.
This guy was talking about how being relevant means nothing more than just being engaged – just being in the mix – just being involved. You are relevant if you’re a part of the “matter at hand” – according to the definition. If you aren’t a part of it – if you’re not involved – it doesn’t matter what brilliant thing you have to say. You’ve got no one to say it to.
Being relevant means to first of all be involved. If you aren’t doing anything – there’s no way you can be relevant.