With each new year comes new goals. Take the time to reflect on your relationship building this past year. What would you do differently? Who would you like to meet? Now is the time to start planning to jump start your relationships for 2017.
Spend a good amount of time nurturing your existing relationships. Go through your contact database and contact those who you still value in your network. Ask some of them out for lunch or coffee. Catch up with them so you also become top of mind. It is important to stay in front of people on a consistent basis.
Find time to meet new people as well. You can do this by attending events, connecting with people on LinkedIn, or ask for referrals. Try a variety of techniques. Make an effort to meet new people each month. It is important to always be adding new people to your network.
Make the effort to brand yourself through various strategies such as social media, speaking, writing articles, or hosting your own events. Let people know about your expertise by demonstrating your skills or knowledge. You should consistently be in front of people so they know about you. Be memorable and opportunities will come your way.
Make the new year a chance to accelerate and enhance your relationships. As a result, your career and professional life will soar.