We get sidetracked networking where we are always comfortable. And though have a consistent circuit is important, taking a step out of turn every once in awhile can prove incredibly valuable to meet those outside your circle. These new contacts can be great for both you and them.
Loose contact habits allow you to make contact with your network without being pulled into a long, drawn out back and forth via email or text conversation. A quick “Hey! Hope all is well. The attached article made me think of you. Have a good one!” Press send and move on. That person now knows you were thinking of them and also knows you don’t expect long conversations all the time either. Win-win!
Why is the feeling of accomplishment so intoxicating? That job gets done, that checklist gets completed. I’m not sure what it is but we all seem to LOVE it! Networking is no different! When we give ourselves a roadmap, we know where we are going and when we get there. SUPER Satisfying!
Conferences, conventions, tradeshows, etc. are havens for learning. There is so much knowledge in those rooms around your industry! Choose to network and bask in the opportunities and possibilities that abound!