Networking: How You Stay in Contact |

Real networking is pretty easy when you think about it.

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I'm Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter and I coach people and organizations to be more effective. I'm the head coach for and Now, I want to talk with many of you about staying in touch through networking because, the reality is, you need to stay in contact with people. It has no, you have no basis for making an ask of someone. no basis for being helped, if you never talk to someone. After all, why should they help you? Seriously, why should they help you?

I know I struggle with staying in contact because I'm very busy andI was reminded of how important that is when I reached out to someone who I hadn't been in contact with an eight, nine years and he was gracious enough to accept the meeting with me and with my son, where I asked him for some advice for him and wanted to make an introduction, not to help him, ask him for any specific help, but to just talk with him, talk with my son about his background. It was a wonderful experience for my son and I think of this from the networking perspective that I made a mistake and I was fortunate that I was able to recover from it and my friend was gracious enough to help him.

And, for many of you, you're going to run into situations where, frankly, you're going to let your network go to waste and never maintain contact, never help, never be helped and there's just no connection. So, how do you stay in contact and the real way most people stay in contact. Phone? We're too busy. Texting? Email? And occasional email to someone that just says, "Hi! How are you? You popped into my mind. This is what's going on with me? What's going on with you?" This is an easy way to do it. Even if you sent out two or three at a time, once a week. And to do this like clockwork, on a regular basis, you're maintaining contact and relationship and that's really what your network is--people who you maintain contact with, and relationship with, who know you, like you, trust you and respect you.

And, reciprocally, the same is true of you with them. They, you know, like and trust them and respect them for their abilities, too. It doesn't take much effort and, you know, I've redoubled my efforts in doing this as well. And I'm going to encourage you to do the same thing. If you're not an email person or a text person, do the same thing.

And if you're a phone person, make the call. Just stay in contact. It makes a world of difference. Like you took the time to reach out to these people at some event, right? You talked with them for a while, you exchanged cards, send an occasional email. It can make all the difference in the world.

I hope you found this helpful. I'm Jeff Altman. If you are interested in mty coaching you through some elements of your job search, reach out to me through LinkedIn at Mention that you saw the video because I like that I'm knowing I'm helping some folks. Once we're connected. message me that you're interested in coaching. Will set up time for a free discovery call;

Hope you have a great day and take care.


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1600 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.” He is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council. “No BS JobSearch Advice Radio” was recently named a Top 10 podcast for job search. was also recently named a Top 10 YouTube channel for job search.

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