Even when happily employed, the holiday season is the premier time of the year to give your network an energy boost.
With two weeks before the New Year and an additional two weeks in early 2018, it’s a great time to keep those rarely engaged relationships alive with a quick touch-point message. The holiday season provides a ready-made reason for the outreach.
Too often, we only contact our extended network when we need help, perhaps during a career transition. Spending a little time to pump-up the energy surrounding your professional relationships is well worth a 10 minute investment daily over the next four weeks.
Create an upbeat personal message that can be quickly copied and pasted into individual messages to each contact in your LinkedIn network.
Mary, I like to start each new year checking in with everyone in my network. I hope that 2017 has been good to you and that 2018 is even better. I’m still employed at XYZ company and have had a great year working on a rewrite of our service delivery platform. Wishing you the best. As always, let me know if I can be of any assistance to you. Joe
Quickly customize those messages for friends and peers with whom you interacted during the year.
Don’t agonize over the effort … the goal is to just reach out with a quick ‘hello’ to as many people as you can. Even with customizing when appropriate, it takes less than 30 seconds per contact with focused attention to send a quick note. That’s 20 people in just 10 minutes … 100 people in a workweek … and an amazing 400 people in the next month.
Get started today … your network would probably benefit from a New Year’s energy infusion.
Vice President, HR Consulting Practice Leader