There is a place. Like no place on Earth.

A land full of wonder, mystery, and danger!

Some say to survive it: You need to be as mad as a hatter.

Which luckily I am.

~The Mad Hatter

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Ramblings from Rosemary

Making The Most Of Holiday Events

It’s Holiday Season! Parties, Art Openings, Festivals and other gatherings fill our calendars!

No doubt, you will meet several new people over the holidays. Some of them may be new collectors, others could prove to be great friends. Taking the time to follow up can make you stand out from the pack.

Collecting business cards at events and making notes about each person you meet is a great first step in building a network. Get business cards from every one with whom you met in order to get the titles and names right. Scribble something interesting or significant about the conversation on the card's back. Keep a small note pad just in case someone doesn’t have a card to get thier contact info.

The next step is to follow-up
with your new contacts to build the relationship. Relationship building is one of the most important elements of success in business. Giving people a reason to remember you positively helps to develop positive rapport with folks, and you have a marvelous opportunity to begin the process with thank-you note and follow-up correspondence.

How many people remember to thank you or take the time to keep in touch? Most professionals don't bother to send a thank-you note to the people they meet at events. A sincere note expressing your appreciation may tip a new contact in your favor. A personal note showing your appreciation is always a great way to build relationships. Besides making them feel appreciated, people love to be remembered.

After the event take time to send each person you met an e-mail, note or greeting card letting them know you're glad you met them at the event. Ideally, send a note within 24 hours after meeting. However, if this is not possible, send it as soon as you can. "Better late than never" applies in situations like this.

Send notes telling people how much you enjoyed meeting them. Refer to something they said or to a common interest you discussed with them and be sure to mention ways to work together near future. You'll be on your way to building a tribe.

Sending a greeting card with your artwork is a creative way of standing out and top of mind from your competition. Emails are a convenient way to quickly communicate, but there is a lot of competition out there in that sea of emails and they are often deleted. Greeting Cards and personal notes are warm, personal, and heartfelt. They an ideal tool to build & nurture warm relationships while quietly promoting your artwork. They are often displayed on desks and bulletin boards or used as a bookmarks.

Letting people know that you enjoyed talking with them helps them remember you -- and it helps you recall the reasons you wanted to stay in touch with them.

People need to be reminded that you care about them. WE equate relationships with regular communication.

Developing a warm relationship is critical We need to develop warm relationships with the people you meet at these events. People do business with and refer to People they Know, Like and Trust.

It may seem hard to find the time for these follow-up techniques, but stick to them. A well-composed, friendly note has a lasting influence on recipients and marks you as conscientious and courteous--just the kind of person folks love.

Fortune is in the follow-up.

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