Relationship Management = Me using that information and more to, over a period of months, get to know you as a person and establish either a relatively shallow relationship (think: Twitter or Facebook) or a deeper relationship (think: in-person, phone, dinners, lunches, coffees, dates, marriage, life, etc.) with you. (from Adam Boettiger)
If you’re anything like me you’ve probably got a little voice inside you saying you should be keeping up to date with people on a more regular basis – not just your business contacts, but your sister, your best friend, your father, your significant other’s parents…the list goes on and on.
AND if you’re anything like me, you probably don’t realise just how long it has been since you’ve spoken with or interacted with some of these people – in my case, the kicker was when I realised it had been over a year since I’d spoken with my uncle. As he put it, when I did finally get in touch
“Time has wings doesn’t it?”
He was very sweet about it but it made me realise that I had to do something about my relationship management. And in the best example of ‘when the student is ready’ I found this article on using Evernote as a relationship management tool only a short while later.
I’m not going to go into depth here about the steps outlined in the article (Adam describes it all much more clearly than I could), but I highly recommend reading it. Even if you don’t implement the steps, it might make you think a bit differently about you handle contacts / relationships in your life.
So, go on, head on over and have a look. It will be worth it I promise – you might even find yourself talking to people you’ve lost touch with years ago!
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