Nurture Your Network When Plans Are Delayed

By March 25, 2020April 2nd, 2020No Comments

With projects on hold or cancelled, or swirling in the uncertainty of the moment, it can be hard to do anything other than binge watch Netflix. Dig deep to focus – and yes, like last week, I strongly encourage you focus on how others are doing, how they are managing during this crazy, surreal and unprecedented time.  I, like you, don’t know when our isolation will end, but I do know, we need human connection more than ever before, and those who continually reach out, remain connected, stay focused on being of service, will come out the other side of this, stronger. 

  • Who can you reach out to today? 
  • Who haven’t you heard from in a while?
  • Who has crossed your mind? 
  • Who has surprised you by reaching out – and could you do the same for someone else?
  • Could you text, call or FaceTime with a different person each day? 

A small gesture, a few words (“hey, how are you?“)  is all it takes to rekindle a friendship and (re)build a strong bond. I know, I am a broken record on all this but so be it – some people still haven’t gotten the message (as for everyone else, thank you!). 

Over on the podcast, a 12-minute episode recorded from the comforts (or confines) of home that expands on the Just Checking In theme from last week PLUS my three suggestions on how to approach networking if you’re waiting to hear on a job offer or are trying to sell your product or services into a company. Plans and/or projects in many cases are delayed, not derailed, so have patience, and focus on being of service to your network. 

Monday through Friday at 10:30 am you can find me on Twitter for #BYDN #VirtualWaterCooler. I started this little ritual as a way to manage the distraction which social media can quickly become when you’re in isolation. If you’ve missed it, I’ve had coronavirus-focused conversations on remote work, change management, managing digital distractions, personal branding  – and upcoming planned conversations are on pitching investors, pitching the media, wonder, learning new skills – and who knows what else I’ll come up with! #BYDN #VirtualWaterCooler is 30 minutes. On Twitter. Say hi if you pop by. 

J. Kelly Hoey

J. Kelly Hoey

Kelly Hoey is the author of Build Your Dream Network (January 2017 / Tarcher Perigee). She has been lauded from Forbes (“1 of 5 Women Changing the World of VC/Entrepreneurship”) to Fast Company (“1 of the 25 Smartest Women On Twitter”) to Business Insider (“1 of the 100 Most Influential Tech Women On Twitter”) and Inc. (1 of “10 Most Well-Connected People in New York City's Startup Scene”). Empowering A Billion Women By 2020 included her on their list of the “100 Most Influential Global Leaders Empowering Women Worldwide”. Not bad for a former corporate lawyer. She’s a limited partner in two emerging tech funds (Laconia Capital Group and Lattice Ventures) and can frequently be found on Twitter @jkhoey.