We’ve all had to make some changes to our daily routine due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Hopefully, all of us are following the CDC guidelines to wash our hands more often, stay home as much as possible, and keep 6 feet away from others when we can’t stay at home. But all the “social distance” can make it hard to stay connected. It’s still crucial in both our businesses and our personal lives to stay in touch with people, though, so how can we make that happen while still staying healthy?
Of course, many of us are using Zoom or other videoconferencing platforms. I think most of the people I’m talking to are finally starting to figure out how to use them (it was painful, though, right?), and I’m thankful for the technology and how it allows us to see faces. But I set a goal this year to send more handwritten notes, and I’m getting some in return! I love it! It seems that with so many focused using Zoom to connect, the handwritten notes are getting noticed. I’m sending notes to clients, prospects, former clients, and team members. And what about picking up the phone and calling someone, just to talk or catch up? It works too!
Sales and business development can be tricky right now, with small businesses struggling, record numbers of people applying for unemployment benefits, and everyone focused on getting through the pandemic. My friend Amy Woodall with Sandler Training suggests:
I’m not sure about you, but I’ve had more new Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter followers and connections in the past six weeks than I’ve had for the past year! Many people are hungry (and have more time) to comment, share, and retweet than ever before, so it’s a good time to be a driver of good content, good stories, and positivity. Be active. Be a thought leader.
Unfortunately, unemployment is higher than ever before (in a year where we started with unemployment being lower than ever before). Many have found themselves looking, unexpectedly and quickly, for a new role. Don’t just sit around and hope this goes away quickly (ok, I hope it goes away quickly, but be active in the meantime):
I’d love to stay connected. You can reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a Zoom meeting or call, to just check in, or to find out where to mail me a handwritten note!