Pre-Covid, we attended many events and tradeshows that afforded us the ability to grow our network. But have we lost touch with many of our connections over the years? How can we reconnect with our connections?
Host(s): Jonathan Saar from Market Me Social
Let me share an experience with you. It’s actually what prompted me to talk about this topic. I recently received a message from two connections that I hadn’t heard from in a while. Why did they reach out? They just wanted to check in on me and see how I was doing and arrange a time for a quick call to catch up. How awesome is that!! I really needed that! And it got me thinking about how I could do a better job at maintaining my connections. So I came up with three rules that I plan on following to help me reconnect and stay connected.
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Rule #1 – Stay connected
Sounds redundant, I know, but when you think about it, the simplest way to avoid the need to reconnect is to stay connected. I have already started to reach out and check in with people in my network that I haven’t chatted with in a while. Moving forward, I am creating a pattern of behavior of doing this regularly, so it becomes part of my routine, which leads me to rule #2.
Rule #2 – Creating new habits
The best way to create a new habit is to find a way to include the new activity into your existing routine in a way that suits you best. That way, you look forward to it rather than dread it as an added chore. For me, I knew that I could devote 15-30 minutes at the end of my day to go through my socials and see what my network is up to. Being able to celebrate people’s success and enjoy industry insights that are being shared is the perfect end to my workday. Doing this every day ensures that I won’t lose touch.
Rule #3 – Go the extra mile for your connections
Circling back to the experience I shared initially, having those two people reach out and show a genuine interest in what’s happening in my life and career truly warmed my heart. I want to do better and follow their example. I am determined to be consistent and go the extra mile for my network. So if you haven’t heard from me in a while, expect a call.
The last few years have been rough and left many people feeling very disconnected. Make it one of your goals to reconnect with your network. I challenge you to start with five people. Reach out to five people this week, and please share your experience. It made my day, and I hope it does for your connections too.
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