Believe it or not, it is already week 3 of the Month long series about networking for a better nursing opportunity.
If you missed Part 1 or Part 2, click here to catch up: Networking Series.
I want to remind you that on this website, and on my other nursing website http://mynursingbusiness.com/, I am doing this series because networking is such a powerful way to increase your nursing career opportunities.
This week is all about following up. Reconnecting with people in your network and expanding your network are both great. Nevertheless, all of that is pretty much useless if you do not have a good system for following up.
I call it a system because I find that creating systems is the #1 way to create positive habits, and save time and energy.
Here are some tips for creating a follow up system:
1. If you are going to a networking event/conference/job fair/etc, have a post event plan regarding the people you will meet there. How do you plan to follow up? When do you want to follow up? Will you add their information to your contact management database? a spreadsheet? a business card organizer? Have a plan.
2. Follow the plan. Reach out & reconnect with the people you met. Simple enough.
3. Rinse and repeat all previous steps. Whether you reconnected with a prior contact or you connected with a new contact you met at a meeting, set the next follow up on your calendar. Plan to connect with them again at a set date and time and actually schedule that on your calendar/phone/reminder system.
If you forget to follow up with someone, or time lapses, don’t beat yourself up over it, just do it now. Simple right?
Try to be relaxed about this and not get all anxious. Remember, you are forming authentic connections with people, not selling to them. Be lighthearted about it. Think of things or people you know that can help them in their career/business.
As always, words without action are worthless. You need to take action in order to start stepping into the stream of opportunity you want. So start following up.
In the comments below, let me know if you already have a system for following up with contacts. Is it working? What are your thoughts on creating a system that works for you? I would love to know.
*photo courtesy of sjcockell