You’ve gained traction networking and built up a multitude of new contacts – now how do you build relationships? How can you transform an acquaintance into a supporter or adviser?
Start with your calendar. Block out 15 minutes twice a week, using each block to reach out to a professional contact. If they’re active on LinkedIn or other social media, see what they’ve been up to – or look at what their organization is doing, and ask them about it.
There are many thoughtful ways to reach out that don’t take a lot of time – share an article or idea, ask for advice or a comment, or congratulate your contact on an achievement. Email or a phone call is often best – social media posts may get overlooked.
Good relationships are built through ongoing conversation. Organizing your contact list, and deciding how often you want to be in touch with each key contact, will help you deepen and strengthen your network.
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