The holiday season is a busy time of the year.  Between traveling, parties, shopping, and spending time with friends and family; it’s easy to put some day-to-day tasks on the backburner for a little while.  One in particular is prospecting.  This happens for a few reasons, like getting caught up in the holiday spirit, the perception that any potential prospects aren’t engaged during this time of year, and time off.  However, failing to prospect over these last several weeks can make for a slow start in January.  Here are a few tips to keep your pipeline flowing through the holidays and into the new year.

Network at Holiday Gatherings

When you visit family and friends at different holiday functions bring a few extra business cards.  Chances are they know someone who may be in the market for your services.  So it’s not awkward, make it clear you aren’t “selling” to them, and enjoy the pressure free referrals.

Follow-Up with Former Clients

This is a great time of the year to follow-up with former clients and customers.  You can reach out and offer a simple holiday greeting, while also inquiring if they currently need, or know anyone that is looking to buy or sell their home.  Again, referrals from happy clients are a great way to keep your pipeline filled through the holidays.

Make a Plan and Stick to It

While time seems to faster during this time of the year with more obligations and shorter days, it’s still important to keep your routine and calendar full of the things that have made the year to this point, a success.  Carve out blocks of time for daily prospecting, lead generation, and more.  Account for any additional activities, invitations, and time off accordingly.  Preparing throughout the year for this season, and treating it as similarly as possible can make it easier to take care of business amidst all of the festivities.