The Significance of Thank You After Networking

April 29, 2016

By: Chelsea Haley, DKI Ventures, LLC

In a previous blog post, we covered five simple tips to become a networking expert. And, while it should go without saying, the unmentioned, sixth tip – follow up – must always be applied as well. Without it, you just have a pile of business cards, belonging to people who may or may not remember you.

Think of the networking event as just getting your feet wet. But, the act of following up is actually diving into the waters. Without the event, you can’t make your connections, but without following up after, you can’t form that professional relationship.

So, how do you dive in? Here are some tips to get you started and become a follow-up expert:

Time Matters

Make a habit of following up within 24 hours of meeting someone. But, remember, these connections may have met several others at the same event, and the people and stories may begin to blend together. The sooner you can follow-up, the better chance you have at remaining top of mind.

Say THANKS

Saying “thank you” to your new connection not only allows you a simple segue into your follow-up message, but it shows courtesy and recognizes the person’s generosity. Your new connection took his/her time to speak with you, share personal life and career stories and professional advice. Don’t ever just take and walk away; always remember to give something back. If all you can offer is showing a little gratitude and the feeling that they did something kind, make sure to do it. A “thank you” can go a long way.

Personalize

Sending a generic follow-up message to everyone you meet within an appropriate timeframe might be more convenient for you, but it doesn’t guarantee the person remembers you. If you want to use a template to save you time, make sure to also include something relating only to that person, based on something personal the two of you discussed.

Connect on LinkedIn

LinkedIn is a professional social media platform. Since it most often displays your profile picture, it will help you allow your new connection to “put a face to the name.” Also, your profile may include some additional professional background information you may have not covered at your meet-and-greet.

Make it Long-Term

Don’t let your new relationship(s) go cold. Make sure to follow up every so often. A good rule of thumb is to reach out every three months, but make sure to have something substantial to say, such as:

  • If they helped you nail a job presentation, share the results and thank them for their help.
  • Send them an article of relevance to something you discussed.
  • Send them holiday/birthday cards.

First Pick Builders DKI Hires New Compliance Manager

April 27, 2016 – DKI, North America’s largest disaster restoration contracting organization, today announced one of its member companies, First Pick Builders DKI of Lakeport, Calif., has hired Emily Frieg as its new compliance manager.

In this new position, Frieg will be dedicated to complying with external and internal regulations, monitoring CRM and improving business performance to reach the team’s goals.

“Our industry is ever changing and the requirements to monitor progress and ensure communication has facilitated the need for a full-time compliance manger to oversee these tasks. With the recent implementation of DASH as a CRM, we have taken an aggressive approach in job monetarization through technology.  That technology requires a skilled, detailed oriented person who can keep us on track,” said First Pick Vice President Cheryl Pick.

Frieg will officially be on-boarded to the First Pick team on Friday, April 29 with a welcome reception following.


About First Pick Builders DKI

First Pick Builders DKI provides services for commercial and residential clients. Our goal is to return your damaged property to its pre- loss condition quickly and efficiently, delivering satisfaction to clients, insurance carriers and corporate customers. Learn more by visiting firstpickbuilders.com.

About DKI
DKI, headquartered in Chicago, is the largest disaster restoration contracting organization in North America. DKI Franchise Member companies provide full service restoration to their customers: emergency response, water damage mitigation, fire and contents cleaning, mold remediation, complete reconstruction and much more, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. DKI returns damaged property to its pre-loss condition quickly and efficiently, delivering complete satisfaction to our consumer, insurance, and corporate customers. For more information about DKI, visit our website at www.dkiservices.com.

DKI has Another Rising Star

April 12, 2016 – DKI, North America’s largest disaster restoration contracting organization is pleased to announce another “rising star” among its growing contractor network. Jocelyn Dornfeld of A&J Specialty Services, Inc. DKI, one of DKI’s franchise member companies, was named one of Cleaning & Restoration Magazine’s “Rising Stars in RJosslynestoration.”

In its March, 2016 issue, C&R profiled eight young leaders in the United States, Canada and Australia within the restoration industry. The article features questions and answers about what drew these individuals to the industry and how they view the future of restoration.

Among those profiled was Dornfeld, who was active in residential construction for six years prior to moving into the restoration industry. Since then, she has worked with A&J Specialty for three years and continues to ask questions, better her knowledge and think outside of the box.

“How can we use technology to improve our position through marketing and to our clients? How can we do the work better, faster or more efficiently? You can either be a part of the problem or part of the solution. I choose the solution,” Dornfeld said in her interview with C&R.

Dornfeld said her greatest accomplishment was her “Restoring Kindness” campaign, launched in July, 2015. The campaign grew from a local effort to a national exposure of businesses and individuals paying it forward and “restoring kindness.”

“We are always focused on others and restoring their homes and businesses. We wanted to put a bigger emphasis on restoring the lives of others,” she said.

To learn more about the “Restoring Kindness” movement, visit www.ajrestores.com.


 

About A&J Specialty Services, Inc. DKI

Founded in 1984, A&J is now a leader in the restoration industry serving all of south-central Wisconsin. As a full-service restoration company, they are experts in mold remediation, water, fire and sewage damage restoration, as well as carpet, rug, upholstery, and tile cleaning. To learn more, visit www.ajrestores.com.

About DKI
DKI, headquartered in Chicago, is the largest disaster restoration contracting organization in North America. DKI Franchise Member companies provide full service restoration to their customers: emergency response, water damage mitigation, fire and contents cleaning, mold remediation, complete reconstruction and much more, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. DKI returns damaged property to its pre-loss condition quickly and efficiently, delivering complete satisfaction to our consumer, insurance, and corporate customers. For more information about DKI, visit our website at www.dkiservices.com.

K-tech Kleening Honors National Volunteer Week

April 12, 2016 – DKI, North America’s largest disaster restoration contracting organization, today announced that one of its member companies, K-tech Kleening Systems of Weston, Wis., kicked off National Volunteer Week with K-tech Charities through two community charity events held during the weekend of April 9 and 10, 2016 at Dales Weston Lanes in Weston, WI.ktechgive

The first event was Polka Meets Country, K-tech’s sixth annual musical fundraising event, benefiting breast cancer research, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and local food pantries. Polka Meets Country ran on Saturday, April 9 with live music from 6:30pm to 1:00am. The two featured bands, Led West and Polka Connection alternated sets and even played together for an hour during the evening.

On Sunday, April 10, K-tech took part in another charity event at Dales Weston Lanes from 12:00 to 4:00pm, “Sean Cronin – Weathering the Storm.” K-tech, along with other business leaders organized the event, benefiting Sean Cronin, a former weatherman for Channel 9 (WAOW), who is now suffering from a life threatening illness. Cronin dedicated a decade of his life to Channel 9’s weather department. Entertainment included bowling discounts, a live auction, silent auction, and performances by Led West and Polish Connection. All proceeds supported Cronin and his family.


 

About K-tech Kleening

Headquartered in Weston, WI, K-tech has been serving Central and Northern Wisconsin customers since 1975. It still thrives today as a 2nd-generation family-owned business with superior commercial and residential cleaning and restoration solution services. Through its K-tech Charities division, conceptualized in 2006, K-tech prides itself in giving back to the community in which it serves. For more information, visit its website at

www.k-techkleening.com.

About DKI
DKI, headquartered in Chicago, is the largest disaster restoration contracting organization in North America. DKI Franchise Member companies provide full service restoration to their customers: emergency response, water damage mitigation, fire and contents cleaning, mold remediation, complete reconstruction and much more, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. DKI returns damaged property to its pre-loss condition quickly and efficiently, delivering complete satisfaction to our consumer, insurance, and corporate customers. For more information about DKI, visit its website at www.dkiservices.com.