10 Dec

Give The Gift Of Getting Back In Touch

Posted in News, Promotional Products on 10.12.09 by John Meloche

It goes without saying that the holiday season is the time for giving. But obviously, it?s pretty easy to give gifts to those that you are closest with. This is the time of year where your family and friends are shown your love and appreciation by the well wishes and gifts offered to them in celebration of the season.

However, this season can also help you to provide yourself with a gift that you may not have even thought about for a long time. Is there someone in your life that you have lost touch with? I?m sure we have all had time pass without us realizing that it?s been months or maybe even years since the last time you connected with a friend or family member. Now that the holiday season is here, it is the perfect opportunity to re-connect.

As author and business networking speaker, Allison Graham writes in today?s Toronto Sun, the holidays provide the opportune time to get back in touch with colleagues. Although it might present an awkward situation at any other time of the year, the holidays allow for you to rekindle professional and personal relationships with a simple well wish for the season. There?s nothing awkward about that, right? You may feel strange picking up the phone to reconnect with lost colleagues, but you shouldn?t feel that way during the holidays.

?Consider all the people you've been meaning to call over the last year, but haven't,? recommends Graham, ?Make a list and spend an afternoon on the phone just calling people to catch up and wish them well for the holidays.?

The holidays also allow for easy conversation starters. Once you?ve gotten in touch with your long lost loved ones, consider bringing up holiday plans, family outings or hobbies. Of course, getting caught up on all that has happened in the time that has passed since you last spoke is an easy go-to topic for conversation.

You never know. You may just be giving yourself the gift of a friendship that may have assumed was lost. This friendship, of course, may last well into the new year and beyond. Furthermore, you may also be providing a gift to someone who may just be in need of a friend to talk to. Remember that the holiday season can also be stressful for a lot of people. Do your part to lend an ear and let your friends know that you are there for them. It may just make their holidays!

Business owners should especially take heed to Graham?s advice. Contacting old clients that you may have developed a good rapport with may just get them back to being interested in your business. Letting them know that they have not been forgotten will make them feel appreciated. The return of their business may just be the gift that you need to take you into the new year with a greater perspective on your future success.

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