5 Valuable Connecting Tools For Busy Business Leaders
Jun 22, 2017
Do you ever wish that you could communicate more consistently with your customers or even friends and family without feeling like it will take all day?
Do you worry about reaching out and bothering someone because they are busy too?
Do you feel as if you are wearing too many hats and are dropping the ball when it comes to networking and keeping in touch?
Do you enjoy making other people happy but can't seem to find the time to do so?
Are you hesitant to outsource this task because you feel it would look impersonal?
You are not alone! Not to worry!!!
Here are 5 tools you can easily use to ensure that you are staying top of mind as well as surprising and delighting your customers and connections at every turn:
#5 - Email/Newsletters
When it comes to communicating via email think brief, make it personal, and provide value.
Say something specific such as where you connected on what you heard them say during your latest conversation.
Add a relevant article or recommend a book that may be helpful.
#4 - Social Media
Post links, blogs, or even funny and inspirational messages daily. Rotate between these messages and insert pictures. Share personal stories and engage your audience by asking for their opinions.
#3 - Texts
Think of one person you haven't connected with in awhile and send them a "Just Thinking Of You" text. It takes a second and it will be sure to brighten up their day.
#2 - Virtual Coffee
These days, it seems to take forever to carve out time to meet in person. We have to take into account driving time, coffee/tea time, and prep time just to meet one person. In addition, this wouldn't work for people who are out of the state or country for that matter! If all this seems impossible and you find yourself putting it off, use technology to your advantage. Reach out to someone you'd either like to meet or catch up with and set up a virtual coffee connection with them. Set expectations up front so you can keep the meeting to no more than 30 minutes and keep in mind that your goal is to not only stay in touch but to be of value. You could even send the agenda ahead of time, so you can ask each other the same questions and make the meeting as efficient as possible. However, don't make everything about business. This is about staying in touch and building trust as well. You can use tools like Google Hangouts or Join.me. They are easy and free.
#1 - Send Out Cards
Looking for a sure fire way to surprise and delight someone? SOC is is the answer! What makes this tool so powerful is your ability to fully customize your cards with images and quotes that are one of a kind. Anyone can go out and buy a generic card, but sharing a picture from social media and spotlighting someone for an achievement, sending encouragement, or mailing a little thank you gift will go a long way toward making you and your connections feel fantastic! It can be done in just a few minutes from the convenience of your home.
I hope you find these ideas helpful.
Remember that a tool is only as good as the user, so you will need to make a habit of utilizing them everyday. I recommend accomplishing these tasks while having breakfast or your first cup of coffee/tea each morning.
The best way to start is by identifying just one person that you can reach out to daily. It won't take more than 10-15 minutes to experience a positive impact in your work and life.
Be authentic. Let them know that you realize that you haven't been great at staying in touch, but that you are making an effort to get better at it.
I invite you to take the 30 day challenge. We can hold each other accountable, share successes, and track our progress as a group.
Please reach out if you're interested, so I can invite you to our closed group facebook page.
"People don't care about how much you know until they know how much you care."
- Zig Ziglar