Turning Contacts Into Connections

Hopefully, your new year is off to a great start. If you're anything like me, you found yourself in bed early on New Year's Eve, and awake before the sun on New Year's Day. I managed to get lots of work done before 8am, before heading out for a hike and a workout. I rounded out my New Year's Day by paying bills ahead of time, rearranging some things around our workspace/condo, scheduling major events for the month, and handling a few household chores. We don't celebrate the holidays or the Gregorian new year, so when it's all over, I am excited for everyone to get back to work. And with Hollywood and New York City about to spring back to life next week, it's also a great time for me to make sure I am utilizing my contacts to my advantage.

How to Turn Your Contacts into Connections:

  1. Scroll through your contacts

  2. Consider each person and what they do for a living, or what their crafts, hobbies, knowledge and skills may be

  3. Next, consider how this person can assist you by utilizing their profession, craft, hobby, knowledge or skill

  4. Make a list of people who can be useful in your personal and/or professional life

  5. Send an email, text, or make a phone call to that person and pitch them an idea of how you two can work together

  6. Be prepared to offer up your own asset –– your profession, craft, hobby, knowledge, or skill –– in return

Meeting people and storing their phone numbers and email addresses in your phone just isn't enough anymore. Knowing someone isn't a badge of honor, but working with and creating something alongside them just might be! Also, get comfortable with utilizing the tools and opportunities available to you, and stop thinking of this process as usingsomeone. There is a vast difference between utilizing and using, and just as you feel that difference in your spirit when you are on the receiving end, you will feel the difference when you are the one making the phone calls.

We are officially in the first quarter of a new fiscal year, the perfect time to turn your stagnant contacts into money and idea making connections. Adversely, while you're going through your phone, why not clean house and delete the numbers of people you have no use for whatsoever!

Elisabeth Ovesen