Staying in touch with your network is critical to maintaining your relationships. You should find ways to connect with certain individuals as well as your network as a whole. So, you need be committed and consistent. Otherwise, some of your relationships may go away. It is hard work but worth the effort.
Below are several top ways to stay in touch with your network:
Set up email newsletter or group email - Create a newsletter or group email that will allow you to send a regular message to those in your network. Make sure that it provides value and keeps people informed on what you are doing.
Set up individual meetings - On a regular basis, set up individual meetings either in person or by phone to catch up with people. Find out how you can assist someone during the conversation. Live communication is critical for building your relationships.
Host your own events or gatherings - Take the time to organize a network event or casual gathering. Once it is set up, invite your network. They will appreciate the opportunity to see you. Make sure that you connect people together at the events.
Invite individual people to events or outings - When appropriate, invite someone to join you at an event, outing, etc. so you can get to know one another better. The other person will appreciate you thinking of him or her. Make sure that you bring the appropriate person so this person will gain value.
What other ways do you stay in touch with your network?