Make your networking list and check it twice

The holidays are a great time to reconnect with personal and professional friends and acquaintances. You can attend all those parties and events without being overwhelmed by them if you approach the season strategically. It’s time to make your lists!

  • Who are the people you want to be sure to see before January 10th? Maybe there are 5 people you want to make a special effort to see during the holiday season. Now is the time to think about who they are and how best you can make that happen.
  • Who will you “run into” at an event? If you know that so-and-so always attends the neighborhood party, charity ball, or clients’ holiday party, take a moment now to “dust off your mental rolodex” and remember her daughter’s name and where her son is in school. You will both enjoy the encounter more and the conversation will be more natural.
  • Who do you want to see during the first quarter of the new year? Sometimes you can find more time for an authentic interaction after the hubbub of the holidays is over. Pull out that new box of note cards you bought yourself (see N K-H 12/7/12) and drop them a line—wish them a happy holiday and add “I’ll give you a call by the end of January so we can get on each other’s calendars.”

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