2022 has officially started and I’m back in Berlin after 12 days of holiday. I completely shut down and paused my normal activities and routines, including my prospecting.
And getting back to it on Monday was challenging, to say the least. I was rusty, I didn’t really remember what I was supposed to say, and the quality of my outreach was down. But I still got 5 replies and booked one meeting.
Here are the 4 steps I took to get back to it, and you can do it too:
I switched off on the 23rd of December to spend time with my family and enjoy some great food. I completely stopped posting on LinkedIn, prospecting, and taking calls. I was totally off.
So when I went back to it on Monday morning at 08:00, it was a struggle. I stopped using my prospecting muscle for a while, and I could feel it.
My prospecting videos weren’t fluid, I was stuttering when leaving voice notes, but I didn’t care. I just focused on executing, and repetition would get me back to my pre-holiday level in no time.
As my last touchpoints were on the 23rd of December, I followed up with every prospect as if the cadence hadn’t been interrupted. I review my 6-step sequence structure, checked the content of each touchpoint, and followed up with the right one.
Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t easy. I had lost the flow of words, I kept stuttering and I had to redo my prospecting videos a few times. In total, it took me 10 minutes (it normally takes around half of it when I’m working at normal speed).
I use 3 sources to find 5 interesting prospects on LinkedIn, every day:
As I hadn’t posted for 12 days, I only found 2 interesting prospects from my profile viewers. I captured them into my Outbound Prospecting List (more on that next week).
I then went to the last post I did on the 23rd of December, and luckily I found 3 interesting prospects. This task took me 15 minutes, which is again longer than normal.
Finally, I quickly reviewed my prospecting scripts and engaged with these 5 news prospects.
It wasn’t nice to watch. It took me longer than before, I was confused and it felt like going back to the gym after a 2-week spring break (you know when everything cracks in your body…).
But after 4 days, I was back to my cruising altitude. This morning I started with my prospecting block and I was done in 20 minutes.
You can do it too. Your performance in Q1 will be determined by the pipeline you build in the next 3 – 4 weeks, so don’t spend too much time planning.
Start executing today.
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