In some ways, I’m really great at connecting and staying connected with people.  In other ways, I can easily let time slip too long between reconnecting with someone.  I find my most common patterns for this are when

  • I rely too much on events to connect
  • I’m currently overwhelmed with priorities and work
  • Time just simply gets away from me
  • I assume they will reach out if they need something
  • I don’t have enough time to connect, so I don’t bother

The last one is the one that I want to break first.  I get it into my head that in order to connect, long genuine discussions are necessary.  Yet, I know that’s not always true.  Sometimes a simply mini-check in is all the person needs to know someone is thinking of them.  As a result, I’ve conducted a little experiment this week with the following mini-checkin types:

  • Messaged someone with  a simple “Hi – just wanted to let you know I was thinking about you.  Hope all is well.”
  • Messaged someone that I know is struggling with a corny joke
  • Messaged someone to ask how things are going?
  • Messaged someone with “sending love and energy your way”
  • Sent someone a photo or quick video
  • Sent someone best part of day and asked for theirs

None of these are grand new ideas.  What they helped me realize is that I don’t need an hour to connect.  That just letting someone know you are there and proactively checking in matters.  And I felt a little more connected myself as a result!

How do you do mini-checkins?


Tricia Broderick

Tricia Broderick

Tricia Broderick is a leadership and organizational advisor. Her transformational leadership at all levels of an organization, ignites growth of leaders and high performing teams to deliver quality outcomes. Tricia has more than twenty years of experience in the software development industry. She is a highly-rated trainer, coach, facilitator and motivational keynote speaker. Beyond her extensive knowledge and skills, her biggest offering is inspiring people to believe anything is possible.

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