Because popping up out of the blue isn’t always appropriate.
So, what better excuse than Christmas?
Why not take a little more time this holiday season to say a little more than “Happy XMas” or “Happy Holidays” or whatever your own personal choice of greeting.
Add an Extra Note
If you’re going to be sending Christmas cards anyway, include a brief note to each person you’re sending a card to. Come on! You’re sending it anyway, how much extra effort does it take to say a little more, add a private joke, enquire about something, pass on well wishes to their family – something to show that you care about the relationship more than is conveyed with the usual standard greeting.
You Could Even Send A Picture…
Something we do in our family: for some close friends and relatives who we don’t see very often we include a picture with our Christmas card so they can see our ugly mugs, our pets and our rapidly growing children. It’s like saying hello in a slightly more personal way if they can see a picture. Each year we try and make a christmassy picture of us to send with these cards.
The Perfect Excuse
So there you have it – it’s not all I want to say with this article because I have that favor to ask you (see below) but it’s the main point of the article. What better excuse for a bit of networking. What better reminder? What better opportunity to write a little more and engage with a few people because you were saying Happy Christmas to them anyway. It’s a time of year to put your differences aside, to look after your friends and family, to get in touch with people you haven’t been in touch with … well, since last Christmas, to be thankful for these relationships and for everything you have.
Thanks To My Online Friends
On that last note, I want to say thanks to all of my online friends.
These are people I have met over the last 2-3 years whilst exploring this crazy thing we call the internet. I started off just wondering if I could learn how to build a website (the first incarnation of Life’s Too Good, built using Google Sites but now migrated to WordPress) but have gotten involved in all kinds of interesting stuff since and made some great friends in the process.
Whilst I want to say thanks to ALL of my online friends, they won’t ALL read this, so thanks to you if you are, otherwise that thanks will just be floating around in the ether and though you may not be conscious of it, it’s there anyway my friend.
Some online friends in particular I want to thank are (put in alphabetical order so no preferential treatment here ;-)):
Jeevan Jacob John from (soon to be released) Daring Blogger
I wanted to provide a little note about each of these people to tell you more about them and why they were in this little shortlist – but then I found what I was writing was getting repetitive. I could of course pick out unique things to say about each of them, but the reason I value these people in particular is the same reason for each, and a very important one when it comes to networking and relationships.
What do the above people have in common?
They are genuine people who care about long term relationships.
P.S. Thanks to all of my offline friends too 😉
That Small Favor
OK, so the small favor is really simple.
It’s basically a random bit of networking but it would also mean a lot to me because the people above mean a lot to me.
The favor is this: pick any one of the above sites, hop over there (click the link), check out their latest content and leave a brief comment.
That’s it. Told you it was easy.
Say ‘Hi’ to the author, tell them Alan sent you and you never know, they may invite you in, ask you to take off your shoes and make you an eggnog.
Have a Great XMas and very best wishes for 2014!