Have you gotten a call or an email from someone you haven’t heard from in years who suddenly wants a favor? Or maybe the shoe was on the other foot. It was YOU who dreaded picking up the phone because you let your connections run cold.
Neither one feels good.
And while we all have a handful (or two) of people we would help without question if they suddenly appeared on our doorstep, do you really want to trust that your relationship is in that category?
It’s never too late to reconnect.
And with all the social media technology at our fingertips, it’s easier than ever.
In case you need a little inspiration, I’ve worked with some consummate people-connectors and here are a few of their best moves.
A recruiter of seasoned lawyers offers up career advice to early and mid-career lawyers. Many will never become her clients. But they remember her generosity and always take her calls. She also tends to make the top of their referral lists. Social media: she avoids Facebook and Twitter like the plague, but once she has spoken with someone, they are in her LinkedIn network. For life.
An author numbers Washington insiders and marquee media folk among those who will take his calls. How did he do it? He never forgot anyone with whom he resonated. Working across geographies and industries, he simply folded his new posses into his existing network. Social media: while he uses them all to push content and make new connections, his art form is the personally crafted stay-in-touch email.
A former big-firm rainmaker was known for how he appreciated and valued ALL he worked with, regardless of title or favors to be granted. He never had a bad word to say about a fellow human. When he left that world to run a small consulting practice, most everyone took his call. Social media: LinkedIn is his go-to platform, with a small presence on Twitter and Facebook.
The beauty of their approaches? They can be adapted across your social media platform(s) of choice.
Go ahead—show your network some love today.
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