Follow Up – Easy Way to Distinguish Yourself

Keith Ferrazzi estimates 95% of your peers do NOT follow-up.  This opens up the door to distinguish yourself with a simple gesture.  He calls  follow-up the hammer and nails of your connecting tool kit.

Follow up works so well because it:

  • helps a new connection retain your name and what you do
  • gesture of authenticity – you genuinely care for the individual
  • others do NOT do it – 95% don’t
  • helps you imprint the connection in your mind and on your radar

I just got back from the 2011 ADA Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo in San Diego.  The first item on my todo list is reach out to all the connections I have made.  Who did I meet and how will I followup?

Mandi Wong

Mandi Wong

MANDI WONG– business partner for 4 years; long-time friend for 10+ years; copresenter for FNCE session Networking is Out: Building Rich Relationships thru Appreciative and Coaching Focus

F/U Gesture:

Write thank you note.

 

Jean Caton

JEAN CATON– known for years; was honored to collaborate together at Product Market Place booth called Coaches Corner for her coaching business helping Business Woman Become More Profitable and moderator for FNCE session Networking is Out: Building Rich Relationships thru Appreciative and Coaching Focus. www.TheProfitableWoman.com

F/U Gesture:

Write thank you note.

 

Maggie Green

Maggie Green

MAGGIE GREEN – collaborated together at Product Market Place booth called Coaches Corner for her coaching business for Aspiring Cookbook Authors.  www.GreenApron.com

F/U Gesture:

Write thank you note.

 

 

Julie Schwartz

Julie Schwartz

JULIE SCHWARTZ – collaborated together at Product Market Place booth called Coaches Corner for her coaching business in Wellness for Nutrition Professionals. www.nutriwellcoaching.com

F/U Gesture:

Write thank you note.

 

Keri Gans

Keri Gans

KERI GANS – worked with her extensively when she was NYSDA president and reconnected as she goes on to amazing projects in the dietetics field. Her latest is her book release: The Small Change Diet.   Reconnected with her briefly at FNCE. www.kerigansnutrition.com

F/U Gesture:

Reconnect on Facebook and find out how her book signing went for her new release.

 

Milton Stokes

Milton Stokes

MILTON STOKES – known over the years for his outside the box thinking in dietetics. No surprise he just launched at FNCE his new book Launching Your Dietetics Career . Reconnected with him and he showed his support for  Mandi and me by attending our FNCE presentation. www.MiltonStokes.com

F/U Gesture:

Email thank you and get a copy of his new book and post on my site as resource for those looking for help with careers in dietetics. Also, tweet congratulations on book launch.

 

Sally Kuzemchak

Sally Kuzemchak

SALLY KUZEMCHAK –  I connected with her for first time; she has a great voice and passion for helping moms with feeding their kids nutrititious and realistic food.  She dietitian and mom behind the The Real Mom Nutrition Blog. www.realmomnutrition.com

F/U Gesture:

Email thank you, sign-up for blog;  and comment on at least one blog posting that I love and relate to.

 

Laura Thomas

Laura Thomas

LAURA THOMAS – Reconnected with (saw in person for first time) briefly; she does amazing work in nutrition education tools creation; honored to get to know her through Feed Your Career.

F/U Gesture:

Write thank you note.

 

Kathy King

Kathy King

KATHY KING– Reconnected with briefly; known for number of years; she has given me many opportunities throughout the years to work with her business Helm Publishing; I have been able to witness first-hand a pioneer and icon in dietetics and outside the box thinking; she is a huge advocate for the profession and serving others. www.HelmPublishing.com

F/U Gesture:

Write thank you note.

 

Christine Palumbo

Christine Palumbo

CHRISTINE PALUMBO – Reconnected with briefly; she has supported me over the years from work with IDA to work with ADA.  She is a savvy professional in media, business and connecting with the public. She was a strong supporter of FNCE proposed presentation and attended the presentation. www.christinepalumbo.com

F/U Gesture:

Write thank you note and tweet thank you for support.

 

 

Share how you are following up with and helping your connections be successful.

 

Comments

  1. Thanks, Teresa for the mention. It was great to meet you at FNCE, collaborate with you at the Coaches Corner, and attend your presentation on building rich relationships. I learned much about connecting with others through your presentation and I thank you and Mandi for your hard work preparing the presentation. Look forward to our continued connection.

    • Thanks Maggie. Mandi and I are passionate about connecting with others to serve others – help others be successful. I find in return I enrich my own life and opportunities open up in my own career that would never have been there before.

  2. Hope van der Heijden, MS, RD says:

    Thank you for this excellent reminder of the importance of follow-up and using it as a way to stand out in the crowd. Although I was unable to attend FNCE, I apply this principle as I launch my business and build my network in my community and online.

    • Kudos Hope! I know your business will benefit from your connecting and followup and placing importance on the individual connections. This is so often overlooked. A no cost, effective, high fulfillment strategy to building business and business opportunities.

  3. Mary Easaw says:

    Hello Teresa

    I was certainly delighted to meet you at the FNCE 2011 I had a safe flight home to Kuala Lumpur.
    I stopped by the NE coaches and was delighted to see you, and Jean. Hope to keep in touch

    mary easaw
    Chief Dietitian
    National Heart Institute
    Kuala Lumpur MALAYSIA

    • Glad to hear you got home safely. You had a long ways to go. It was an honor to meet you. I recall your forward thinking, great ideas and open mind with the goal of help others. Would love to keep in touch. Let me know any way I can help you.

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