Wednesday, June 1, 2011

On Making Time for the New People in Your Life

Meeting new people, but you just don't seem to have the time to spend with them. Well depending on how willing you are to be with them, you will find the time, here's how.

As soon as someone gives you some information about them such as name and contact information, you should always have something readily available to hold their information and any notes about them you would like to follow up on later. From a cellular phone to a wallet that holds business cards, keep their information handy. When you are organized, you will give them the impression that they are now important in your life.

Specifically set aside a date and time during the week to touch base with everyone including anyone you are dating. This phone call should briefly let them know you are thinking about them and that you would like to see him or her again. From business to personal relationships, people love the fact that someone is thinking about them or their idea.

When you plan to meet them, be early so that you can go over anything you would like to ask them before they arrive. Of course, this also makes a great impression on him or her.

If you enjoyed speaking with this person, wrap the meeting up with another date and time to meet again. Each time you meet him or her, you want to keep the relationship or exchange of ideas going, so don't ever close a meeting without another date, time, and location to meet again.

You will also want to send a business contact a thank you card after the first meeting, so that you remain fresh in their mind. Flowers and other special treats work well for personal relationships.

Nowadays email is very powerful in keeping relationships going, so send an email asking them about their day and if they have given any thought to something you may have mentioned at the last meeting.

In closing, the following are a couple of things you might want to keep in mind:

* Don't overdo communication when you don't know the person that well. You can always ask them how often would they like to communicate. Depending on their business interest or relationship, you may need to communicate more. That will need to be discussed so that you don't turn him or her off.

* When a person chooses not to return your phone calls or emails, he or she is letting you know in a polite way that you aren't that important in his or her life. Move on to someone else who will make time for you.

By Nicholl McGuire

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