As Spring arrives, it is time to kick your relationships into high gear! Now is the time to build your existing relationships and make some new ones.
Start to plan your relationship building strategy. You should put together a multi strategy approach. Three strong avenues are: reach out to existing contacts, attend events, and connect on LinkedIn.
Reach out to existing contacts
A great way to further build your existing relationships is to be in regular contact with them. Take the time to meet with various people one-on-one for coffee or lunch. While you can connect via the phone, face time is more powerful and allows for a deeper connection.
Get updates from your contacts so you know what they are doing. It is important to know who is in your network. Also, find out how you may be able to assist them. At the same time, you can share more about your current activities and needs. By doing so, you are developing a stronger bond and one that can be mutually beneficial.
A great way to meet new people is to attend events. Put together a list of who you want to meet and then look for the right events. Spend time searching online calendars and organizations to find the events. It is important that you are always adding new people to your network so you should put yourself in these types of situations.
At the same time, it is important to be visible to people whom you have already met. The more you attend events the more you get to know certain people. By doing so, you will star to develop some new relationships.
Connect on LinkedIn
Online tools are a great to way to build and maintain relationships. LinkedIn is one of the best professionals tools to make this happen. Spend some time researching people on LinkedIn who match the types of people who want to meet from your list.
Most people are receptive to being contacted. Rather than ask to connect, send them a note as to why you want to talk. After you talk, then you can ask them to connect. Also, you can ask your first degree contacts to make an introduction as well.
What other strategies will you do this Spring?