It’s the day before Thanksgiving in the U.S. There is a good chance work is filled with excessive web surfing, Twitter, talking to co-workers etc… In other words, a whole lot of nothing until the clock turns 5.
Instead I propose you do something a little more productive this afternoon. I promise you will be a lot more satisfied with your day when you’re on your 20th beer tonight, talking to that person from high school you haven’t talked to in 4 years because you have nothing in common but now he acts like he’s your best friend.
Review your goals. You have goals right? If not, write down what you want to accomplish in 2010 or sooner.
Open up a spreadsheet. For the column headings, insert:
- Job Description
- Any Social Media they use…Twitter, Facebook, Linked In…
- Last Contact
Insert the contact information of at least 25 people who can help you achieve your goals.
Since its Thanksgiving, send a thank you note, via whatever communication channel you feel comfortable using, to each and every one of those 25 people. Keep it short and simple. An example email:
I wanted to say thank you for all the great content you have put out on Gen Y Wealth. You have defiantly helped me get started on the right path financially. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for 2010.
Have a great Thanksgiving.
P.S. – Good luck on your C.F.P. I hope you passed.
The key is to make it short but still personal. If it’s longer than 5 sentences, it’s too long.
After, you have sent them a thank you; record a brief decryption of what you said and how you sent it (email, Twitter, Facebok…) in the last contact column of your spreadsheet.
At least once a week from now on, your goal is to have at least one connection with each person on your list. It’s as simple as a comment on their blog, sending them an article that might interest them, retweetig what they said on Twitter, a congratulations for an accomplishment, a phone call…anything.
Make sure to change-up the communication channels each week. You don’t want to be known as the guy who sends an email on Thursday morning every week telling that person how great of a job they’re doing. That’s just weird.
The point is to give, give some more, and then give even more too each person. After a few months of giving, you will start receiving.