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Chapter 18. Put It in Writing > Keeping in Touch - Pg. 194

Put It in Writing 194 You're Not Alone In the course of any given day, I have about a thousand other ways I need to use my time than writing letters, finding stamps, and getting personal correspondence in the mail. I don't even have time to call friends. I find that e-mailing and faxing is the best way to keep in touch. --Millie K., corporate attorney Keeping in Touch Every time I watch 20/20 and hear Barbara Walters close the show with "... and remember, we're in touch, so you be in touch," I feel guilty. Even though I think she means to be in touch with what's happening in the world at-large, I always find that her comment reminds me of all the friends and business colleagues I've fallen out of touch with. When was the last time you got a letter in the mail from a friend? Unless you travel in low-tech circles where people still put stamps on envelopes and go to the post office, you probably don't get much more than an occasional "Hello, what's up?" fax or a joke-of-the-day that someone has e-mailed a hundred-or-so close, personal friends. There's nothing wrong with keeping in touch by phone, fax, and e-mail, but there's something about getting a handwritten (or even a typed) personal letter in the mail instead of just bills and catalogs. If you're a busy person who already has a full plate, I don't recommend increasing your load by adding extensive personal correspondence to your to-do list. But, it never hurts to reconnect with people, both from a warm-and-fuzzy standpoint and for professional networking. So, consider using the following chart to make a plan for contacting up to ten friends or relatives you've been out of touch with for more than six months. List their names down the left side and put a check under the method of communication you'll use to contact them. It would be great to mail them an actual letter or card, but calling, e-mailing, or faxing is better than nothing. When you've filled in the chart, schedule days or times in your planner when you will contact each person. Name Snail Mail E-mail Fax Call _________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________