Once you have started building your network, you need to nurture those connections you have made. This will help you to keep in contact with them. It is extremely easy to drift apart from people you only meet once or twice, especially if they are people you met at a conference fleetingly. You will need to try to keep in touch with them. Let’s go through some ideas of how you can do that.
When a fellow researcher publishes their work, why not send them an email praising their work. This is a wonderful way to continue discussion and show you value their contributions to the academic community.
On social media, share posts of the academics that you follow. This will help them increase the reach of their posts, but also help them recognize you and develop a two-way support.
Try to arrange to meet people that you have already met at events. Suggest a quick catch up, perhaps a lunch break, coffee, or a drink at the pub. This a fantastic way to develop your interpersonal communications skills in a casual setting.
Ask your connections to proof your article drafts. Or even ask for help on specific parts of your research. This helps develop the relationship you have with members of your network. Asking for advice and feedback encourages someone to invest their time in you, and no one wants their investment to fail – they truly will want to help you in a valuable way.