How to reach out after losing touch


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How to reach out after losing touch

  1. 1. How to Reach Out After Losing Touch
  2. 2. Introduction <ul><li>What's worse than having the perfect person to reach out to about a job opportunity, a career switch and not being able to do so because you've lost touch? </li></ul>
  3. 3. Important <ul><li>The bad news is that it happens more often than you might think. </li></ul><ul><li>The good news is that it's possible to reconnect with people, even if it is after months or years gone by. </li></ul>
  4. 4. The Passage of Time <ul><li>The passage of time is not a good enough reason to let a potential connection go to waste. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Important <ul><li>If you have someone you've been meaning to reach out, here are easy steps to make that potentially connection less painful and potentially profitable. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Acknowledge the Lapse in Time <ul><li>There's nothing more annoying than receiving a call or an email from someone you haven't heard from in ages who acts as if you're best friend. </li></ul><ul><li>Instead, acknowledge the lapse of time and give a reasonable reason. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Acknowledge the Lapse in Time Examples <ul><li>I wanted to reach out to say hello. I know it's been ages since we've spoken but I've thought of you often over the years and I've always wanted to reconnect. </li></ul><ul><li>John, how are you? I'm sure you're surprised to hear from me — the last time we spoke I was headed off to graduate school. I moved to Washington D.C. where I've been for the last five years. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Explain “ Why now?” <ul><li>There are infinite reasons why you'd need or want to reach out to someone after losing touch. </li></ul><ul><li>In any cases, it's important to think about why you're reaching out now, after all this time, and be transparent about your motive. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Explain “Why now?” Examples <ul><li>I wanted to reach out to you to let you know that I'm headed to Asia next month to work in GE's plastics division. Last I heard you were working in Tokyo. I thought you might be a great person to reach out to before heading abroad. </li></ul><ul><li>I've just begun the application process to graduate school and I know you had a great experience at Duke. I was wondering if you might have some time to talk about your MBA experience with me. </li></ul>
  10. 10. A Quid Pro Quo A favor for a favor <ul><li>Finally, throw in an offer of help or reciprocity for good measure. </li></ul><ul><li>Be polite and emphasize that you'd like to be helpful to them as well. </li></ul><ul><li>You're much more likely to get a response when you think about a two-way benefit and not just how you can take advantage of the other person's expertise or connections. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Lico Reis Consultoria & Línguas Roberto Lico Reis Feel free to send us suggestions about new presentations, that can help you to face your life or professional challenges. [email_address] E-books: Linkedin: Twitter: @licoreis