How to Revive (or Develop) 7 Connections This Month

If you’re striving for professional excellence then you most likely realize that achieving success is not always about you. Success requires the support and guidance of colleagues who understand your goals and mentors who want to help you reach them. So how do you connect with the people who will help you in your pursuit of success?

We’ve rounded up seven different ways you can connect with people who could help you along in your career. Although some of our examples involve networking (which doesn’t have to feel like a daunting process), many of them focus on simple acts that can lead to meaningful results. The best part? All activities can easily be checked off in less than a month! Check them out, and let us know on Twitter or Facebook what connections you’ve made.

1. Send an email. We all have those great moments where we really click with someone new, but how many of us follow up on that connection? This month, send a quick email to someone you’ve recently met at an after-hours event. Check in to see how they’re doing, ask if there’s anything they need from you, or simply find a way to offer them value.

2. Call a friend from a previous job. Remember that colleague you always confided in at your past job? Chances are you’ve lost touch with them as you’ve progressed in your career. Take time to send them an encouraging text or give them a call. Your outreach could make their day, and they may be able to help you connect with other people in their circle.

3. Sign up for a one-time volunteer opportunity. There are many different nonprofits in the St. Louis region that offer great volunteer opportunities to plug you into the community. Whether you’re interested in a skills-based opportunity or simply want to give back by getting your hands dirty, when you sign up for a one-time volunteer opportunity you can connect with new people who share your passion for taking action.

4. Show support of others through social media. Social media is a great way to build your professional brand, but it also presents an opportunity for you to amplify the efforts of others. Instead of simply sharing articles you like or favoriting tweets, take the time to recognize the people who are making a difference in our St. Louis community.

5 Attend a professional-enrichment event. From industry conferences to young professional happy hours, there are many different ways to get plugged into a new community in St. Louis. Unsure of where to start? Venture Café hosts a weekly gathering on Thursday evenings and YNPN St. Louis offers great ways for young nonprofit professionals to connect with one another.

6. Update your LinkedIn profile. Once you’re no longer in the market for a new job, it’s easy for your LinkedIn profile to fall by the wayside. But an updated LinkedIn profile does more than simply wave a flag to alert recruiters you’re in the market; it gives new contacts an idea of how you like to invest in the community. Be sure to keep things current and up-to-date, even when you’re not on the hunt for a new job.

7. Join a young professionals board. There are many nonprofits in the St. Louis area doing meaningful work to improve our community. Chances are that one of them could use your smarts and ideas on its young professionals board! Don’t know where to start when it comes to researching young professionals boards in St. Louis? Check out Launch St. Louis’ recently created Launch Me, a database of nonprofit organizations with open young professionals board positions.

There are many different ways to connect with someone new or revive old connections. The hardest part is showing up and feeling confident. If you struggle with these two elements, before getting started on our list, take some time to review our articles on building your networking and crafting an elevator pitch.

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Emily Knippa

Emily Knippa is a St. Louis-based marketer and writer who focuses on content marketing, career development, and personal finance. She enjoys meeting people pursuing inspiring career paths. She’d love to meet you at the next United Way event. Say hello to Emily on Twitter at @emilyknippa.