When you are given a gift, you don’t let it sit on a shelf unopened collecting dust. No, you open it and use it often. It’s a treasure you value. The same is true about the people you meet networking. They are your prize for getting out and meeting with people.
Now that you have met some wonderful new people, you want to build a relationship with them. Chances are it will be up to you to make the first contact to follow-up. Don’t wait for them to do it, they may not remember. Networking is about building relationships. Relationships are nurtured over a time with continued interaction.
Getting to know your new connection is important so that you know how you can help them. They won’t appreciate it if you immediately start talking about your needs. I’m sure you know people who only contact you when they want something. You don’t want to be that person. People will only help others that they know, like and trust.
Now don’t you have someone you should call? If you wait for them, you might have to wait a long time. Invite them for a cup of coffee for what could be your best investment.