Have you ever been in a situation when you know a perfect person to reach out to about a job opportunity or a career switch, or anything else, but you can't because you've lost touch with them? That's a shame, isn't it?
How often we think about people you came across in your life who might help you at the moment, personally or professionally, but whom you haven’t seen or spoken to in ages — and perhaps you just feel guilty about popping up now that you need them?
The good news are that there is a way to reconnect with someone even if you've lost touch long time ago, and make that potentially awkward exchange much less painful. Here are 3 easy steps.
Realize How Much Time Has Passed
Imagine that you receive an email or a phonecall from a person you haven't spoken to for ages and he or she acts like you are best friends and assumes you care about how his/hers life goes. Annoying, isn't it? Ignoring the long time you haven't contacted with that person is like ignoring an elephant in the room.
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So, first of all, when reaching to an old and lost contact you should acknowledge the lapse of time and give it some explanation. Maybe, you've been busy changing careers or worked abroad. Or you got married and had a family, or just been busy with something.
Ask them how they are, what they’re doing these days and listen to what they have to say. By arranging to catch up with them properly over lunch or coffee and showing genuine interest in them, they are probably more inclined to want to help you out when you ask.