An easy, simple way to keep in touch with everyone you know

Written by Paul on July 23rd, 2008

Over the years, I’ve picked up a number of contacts – people I’ve met and perhaps even worked with. The problem is that I’ve utterly failed at keeping in touch with most of them. Chances are, so have you.

Unfortunately, networking simply doesn’t work this way. Relationships take time and getting to know people requires patience.

Fact: You know people

Here’s how I spend no more than 30 seconds a day keeping in touch with everyone I know:

I set a daily reminder (I use Remember the Milk) to email atleast one person from my contact list every single day. It takes 30 seconds to pick someone at random and fire off a quick email to say hello.

Here’s an email I shot off just a few days ago:

Subject: Saying hello & mastering the iPhone keyboard

Hey Ben,

Hope all is well and that you had a great time in Costa Rica. (From the look of the pictures on your blog, it sure looks like you did!)

I dropped into a post today that reminded me of the brief conversation we had about mastering the iPhone keyboard, thought I’d pass it along: http://blog.crankingwidgets.com/2008/06/12/iphone-keyboard-mastery/

In any case, just wanted to say hello. I appreciated your time on the phone a few weeks ago – if there’s anything I can do to return the favor, please let me know.

Ok, so now you know how I do it, so let me give you one more tip: Do your recipient a favor. (See how I passed along a blog post that was relevant to our conversation from a few weeks ago?) As they say, it’s better to give than to receive. Consider each favor an emotional deposit. When it’s time to call in a favor of your own (whether it be help finding a new job or an industry expert that you might need some insight from), you’ll thank me.

Image Credit: Andrew Feinberg

4 Responses to “An easy, simple way to keep in touch with everyone you know”

  • Good tip, Paul.

    I already try to call someone from cell phone contact list once a week during my commute home. There are, however, people that I would e-mail that I would not have a 30 minute conversation with.

    — 07/23/08 at 11:14 am

  • uday

    Good Tip.

    — 07/24/08 at 5:34 pm

  • Added. Nice work on this one. Btw, my blog is dofollow, stop by and grab a link. Bompa

    — 07/25/08 at 8:14 am

  • Travis

    Incredible tip Paul. I’m going to start doing this now, beggining with you.

    Hi Paul,

    It’s been a long time since I last spoke to you, although everytime I see someone riding recklessly on two wheels, I thank heaven that you gave up that hobby for something much more productive.

    This WS is an outstanding service to those getting started in business as well as those already established in corporate America. I find myself wondering as I read about your intern job if that is the one you did here. Could there be another?!

    Take care Paul and visit someday.

    Travis

    — 08/11/08 at 10:56 am

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