On Email Introductions: Tip #4
It may seem obvious but when you introduce two people you need to make sure you have accurate information about what they do and what they are looking for.
There is nothing more frustrating – or even insulting – than being on the receiving end of an introduction only to be introduced incorrectly.
Everybody has a method for keeping up with their contacts’ info but if you’re looking for a system here’s what we do:
- Keep a spreadsheet with the person’s name, email address, and a blurb about who they are and what they do. You can even ask your contacts to write their own blurb.
- Once a year, check in with each person on the list to see how things are going and if they would like to update the information you have on them.
This may seem like a no-brainer but there are a lot of people out there who may not be doing as much good as they think simply because they are not being careful (READ: respectful) about the information they send out about the people in their network.
On the other side of the coin, if you receive an introduction that includes incorrect information about you then you should politely set the record straight. Offer them a blurb on yourself and gently ask them to save it for future use.
No biggy, right?