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Meeting people and networking is one of the most important aspects of being a successful entrepreneur. It’s the best way to make new connections that could potentially help you advance your career. It’s like the old saying goes, “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know.”
However, as we advance in our careers and grow our professional networks, it can become more and more difficult to stay in touch with old contacts. It can be easy to fall out of touch with your friends and connections, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Keeping in touch with your network doesn’t have to be hard. In fact, it won’t even take you more than 5 minutes a day! With all of the advances in modern day technology, staying in touch with old friends has become easier and better than ever.
Not sure how to do this? Well, we’re here to help! Keep reading to see 5 smart ways to reconnect and stay in touch with your network (that will only take 5 minutes or less).
1. Take advantage of emails and text messages!
This one’s easy – especially since every modern phone comes with an option to email or text. Chances are, the people in your contacts are always checking their email or text messages, so this is one of the best ways to stay in touch. Composing an email doesn’t have to take long. It can simply be a few short sentences. If you find yourself with more time on your hands, you can always use it to send a more thoughtful, heartfelt message. Texting is great since studies have shown that 97% of smartphone users text at least once a day – which means your message will most likely be seen.
2. Stay in touch using Instagram or Twitter.
When you follow your network on Instagram and Twitter, you’ll be able to see a daily feed of everything they’ve been up to. This is perfect for conversation-starters. If you’re connected with your contacts on Instagram or Twitter, you can always send them a quick direct message to reconnect. It doesn’t even require a lot of hard work. Just like (or favorite) their post, add a quick comment, and you’re golden! The people in your network will be able to see it and respond, which can help you strike up a conversation and reconnect.
3. Utilize the powers of Facebook’s instant messenger.
Using Facebook messenger is self-explanatory. Facebook Messenger is one of the best and easiest ways to stay in touch with your friends. It works better and faster than text or email, and you’ll always be able to tell whether your contact is currently online or not. A short message just saying “hello” is perfect for starting a conversation! Turn old acquaintances into friends with the power of Facebook messenger.
4. Set up a hangout or schedule a coffee date!
Hangouts and meetups are a great way to catch up with old friends. Simply pick up a phone and call (or send a text message) a friend and ask to hang out or to go for a food run. A simple, “Hey, do you want to grab coffee and catch up?” should suffice. It’s a great way to catch up with old friends while getting a bite to eat. It shouldn’t take longer than a few minutes to ask and it doesn’t have to be a one-on-one activity either. You can always invite other people you’ve lost contact with for a group activity. Asking in-person is also a great way to ensure a faster response.
5. Pick up the phone and give them a call.
There’s nothing wrong with keeping in touch the old-fashioned way. Before texts, people relied on phones – and for good reason! Phones are much more convenient for longer and better conversations. Conversations with friends are usually better articulated through phone calls, as opposed to pages of text messages. It doesn’t take long to dial a friend’s number either, and can even be done between lunches and work breaks. So pick up the phone, dial an old friend’s number, and get to it!
Keeping in touch with old contacts doesn’t have to be a chore, but it does require some effort. However, it doesn’t have to take any longer than a few minutes either. Pick up your phone, dial a friend’s number, and make plan! You’ll thank yourself for it in the long run.