Have you ever rekindled a business relationship with someone you thought had long forgotten about you?
Maybe it's some basic feeling in us that we aren't as memorable as we'd like to be, but I've found I'm proved wrong nearly every time.
After more than a 5 year gap from working within a niche sector in IT, I'm finding lots of new engagements with people I originally met a decade or more ago, but haven't seen since.
Many of us move in and out of sectors, roles and social groups, but those connections can still be warmed up within seconds.
If you've got hundreds (or thousands) of contacts in LinkedIn, maybe it's time to re-engage with some old friends.
Great post attached by Scott Pollack below with loads of useful tips on keeping the flames of friendship alive, or rekindling them after a long absence.
To be truly great at business development, you need to be able to maintain long-term relationships. And to do that, you need to have a natural curiosity and interest in other people. Of course, it would be naive to say that a good business development person isn’t always mindful of the value that a person can offer to himself or herself. It’s natural for an ambitious business developer’s mind to race with the possibilities of what opportunities a relationship may bring. But to engender a strong long-term relationship, a business developer must subdue any selfish ambition and allow his or her genuine interest in other people to rise to the surface.