One of the things that you can do during the slow parts of the year like during the holidays is to use that time to build networking connections that can help you later on. Sometimes during the busy seasons, there isn’t time to devote as much time as you should to building your network connections so taking advantage of the time that you have during slower times of the year to keep those relationships strong is a great idea. Sometimes agents feel awkward about reaching out to people if it’s been a long time since you talked to them or if you have never talked to them before. But it doesn’t have to be strained or awkward. If you haven’t been keeping up with your networking here are some ways to reach out to people you haven’t talked to in a long time without it being awkward or forced:
Send A Card
A simple holiday card with a personal note inside that lists your phone number and invites that person to call and stay in touch can do wonders for networking. The personal touch of handwriting your information and a personal note shows that you are really interested in keeping that connection strong. Holiday cards are a great way to reconnect with people that you haven’t talked with in a long time without feeling awkward. Your holiday card opens the door for further communication and then it’s up to them if they want to respond.
Support A Charity
If there is a person or business that you want to network with and you know that they support a particular charity make a donation to that charity in their name. It’s a smart way to get your name out there and it’s always good to support charities. Charitable work is a fantastic way to network too. If you haven’t done a lot of volunteer work during the year see if any local places need extra help during the holiday. Food pantries, homeless shelters, and other charities often need extra workers during the holiday season to keep up with increased demand for their services.
Touch base with the principal and other school administrators with the schools in the neighborhoods that you specialize in over the holidays with a card or newsletter. When families are looking to buy homes in a particular school district, they often contact the school to get recommendations for realtors that specialize in homes in that area. Getting to know the administrators in the local schools can give you an edge when it comes to finding clients who are looking to buy a home in one of the school districts that you focus your efforts in.