Four Easy Networking Tips for 2011
Re-connect. Choose 5-10 people you lost touch with in 2010 and re-connect with them. Suggest and schedule either a telephone or in-person catch-up session. Say something like, “I’d like to hear what you’ve been up to.” This is easy, enjoyable and puts you back on their radar screen.
Plan forward. Imagine 3 projects you’d like to accomplish by July 2011. Outline them and determine in your network might be able to help? What specific kind of help will you ask for?
Express appreciation. Choose 5 people who made an impact on your life and business in 2010. Say, “I want to thank you for . . . ” Be specific, enthusiastic and grateful.
Help others. Someone in your circle would benefit from your knowledge. Offer to share without expecting anything in return.