How to Stay Connected with the People You Want to Work With

I’ve been at a lot of networking events lately and I’ve met some incredibly awesome people. I keep a list of people who I want to work with in the future and I’ve definitely added some names to that list. But I do keep running into a problem: how do I stay in touch with those people who I like but that I don’t have a particular project to work on with them?

In the past, I would just add them on a couple of social media accounts and move on. But I’ve found that approach doesn’t stand the test of time; when I go back to reconnect with someone who I met a year or two ago, not everyone remembers where we met or who I am. We’re all busy people, but it’s still a bit frustrating.

I’ve looked at different ways to create deeper ties, even when I don’t have an obvious connection. I’m lucky: given that I’m first and foremost a writer, I have a built-in option. I can look for ways to write about the people I want to be connected with, whether that means pitching a story to a publication or writing a post for my own blog.

But there are other opportunities, too:

  • Create a private networking group
  • Make a habit of sending emails or even snail mail to your connections on a regular basis
  • Find a non-work way to connect (board game night!)

If you really want to build a stronger connection with someone, you’ve got to invest some time and effort in the relationship. Not all connections will pay off, but enough do to these sorts of efforts worthwhile.

4 Comments

  1. Randy Hoyt   •  

    As a web developer and an independent board game publisher, I say +1 for board game night!

  2. Stevie Storck   •  

    I think sending mail or email is a great way to keep up connections. However, when writing for the purpose of keeping in touch, I have trouble coming up with what to write and worry that my message will come across as trite or annoying. I would love to hear any advice on what works for you!

    • thursday   •     Author

      Since I spend a lot of time reading articles online, I make that habit work for me. As I’m reading, I try to keep in mind who I know who might benefit from a particular article (or at least get a laugh out of it). If someone comes to mind, I’ll drop a link in an email and send it along.

      I’ve also found that when there’s someone in particular I know I need to touch base with, I’ll spot more articles that might be relevant to them.

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