Pinging All the Time
by Jobs 4 Grads Now
Eighty percent of relationships is just staying in touch. “Pinging” is a quick, casual greeting that can be done in many creative ways. Once you develop your own style, you’ll find it easier to stay in touch with more people and in less time than you ever imagined.
Before there is substantive recognition, people you’ve just met need to encounter your name in at least three modes of communication: e-mail, phone call and face to face.
As far as content is concerned, there is the “ I just called to say I care” ping that is used for closer contacts. Let them know it’s been too long since you’ve spoken.
For people important to your career or business, favor the “value added” ping. Perhaps you want to recognize that someone has been promoted, or that the company had a good quarter. Send relevant articles, short notes of advice, or other small tokens that convey that you are thinking of them and eager to help.
Avoid pinging at holiday time when everyone is overwhelmed with mail. But do recognize people’s birthday.