We hear that phrase a lot and may have used it ourselves. The reality is that “keep in touch” is easier said than done (at least for me).
All the networking advises emphasize this: keeping in touch to develop one’s network. It is like making deposits into a relationship. Don’t ask only when you need help. Etc . . . I get it.
In the olden days, it was rollerdex of business cards. I collected business cards religiously at conferences, business meetings, networking events. There were books on how to manage these business cards. Establish a call list and a call schedule, etc . . . I don’t know about you, but it was difficult for me to keep that up.
Now with internet and social media, it has become more challenging. Sure, I can post an update online, and everyone can see it. Does that really count as keeping in touch? I suppose on a very superficial level. At a minimum, I am saying that I am still alive.
Cultivating relationships requires investment of time, energy, and common interest. Being an introvert, all these mean work. Because I am perfectly happy by myself. What to say to keep in touch without coming across as being disingenuous?
Understand quality is more important in relationship than quantity. Naturally, I have to prioritize my contacts and allocate my energy accordingly. Family comes first. Business associates and friends come second. Followed by online communities . . .
How do you keep in touch? Got any tips? I would love to hear.