You went to a networking event or meeting a month or more ago and you haven’t followed up yet. You haven’t followed up because you’ve been busy, you misplaced the business cards you collected that evening or you basically just procrastinate.
Although you would love to follow up, by now you’re embarrassed and don’t know what you should do. If you would like to establish a relationship with the person you met, swallow your pride and follow up.
Personally, I believe it would be best to communicate with a card or letter rather than with a phone call, an e-mail or twitter. Having something tangible will show the person that you care about them and would like to continue to build a relationship.
Be honest and sincere about why your follow up is late. It is much better to say something that uses “forgive me” rather than “I’m sorry”. Be brief and don’t belabor the issue.Make a connection and draw on something light that you discussed with them at the event. If you didn’t have time to have a side conversation, don’t be concerned. You can mention something about yourself, perhaps something that you were wearing that made you stand out or something about your physical appearance to help jog the person’s memory. Make sure it’s not something that would be awkward.
State your interest in following up with the person and why you want to follow up.
Now it’s up to the other person to respond. Whether or not the person responds, it is important to being open to whatever happens. After all, this is another learning experience for you.
Knowing that it’s never too late to follow up, how many people are now going to be hearing from you?
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