We are approaching the holiday season, and this offers the opportunity to improve my connections with my network. I can select different holiday cards or identify another media and begin to write a personal note to those I work with, respect, or other ways have connected with. I can write five or so notes evening while listening to the news, or whatever. In this way I can easily write personal notes to at least 100 of my network friends, neighbors, associates and contacts.
When making this contact it is reasonable for all that I know what it is I want to do, have some ideas of the types of organizations that use my skills, abilities and interests, all so I can include this information in the second half of my note to each of my contacts.
If I have not already developed the information I should include in my notes, then that is my first step. I need this for all of my sound bites, for my introductions, and in my networking events. I can also use this same information when I attend career fairs. The more I use these pieces of information the more comfortable I am in offering the information.
And, as we move forward with our career, we can help others with this same approach. The bottom line in all of this is, “will I keep up my network once I have stepped into a new position?”
My questions to you are: 1. Will you take the time now, to turn your contacts into connections and your connections into advocates? And, 2. When was the last time you received a personal note from a friend, rather than an email, tweet or other electronic vehicle? When you did, remember the good feeling you had. And yes, this message is much the same as last year, just a bit earlier to suggest more time to help promote oneself, reasonably and fairly.
Have some wonderful holidays, may they be joyful, rewarding and safe.
“It is our attitude at the beginning of a difficult task which, more than anything else, will affect its successful outcome.” … William James
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