We run a business and there's no business.
We are an employee and it's obvious we need to find a different job. Or we have no job.
The first and most promising next step is: Get in touch with our old contacts. The trick is: How to do that in a cool way. After all, they are overwhelmed in their own little professional universes.
Here are some tactics:
Check their social media profiles for news of accomplishment or recent commentary. The easiest way onto anyone's radar screen is through their ego. Discuss what they have achieved or their point of view. As Dale Carnegie hammered, be sincere in your interest.
Share news about something you achieved, for example, an award or an article published. Custom-make the communications to indicate why this might be of interest to them. For instance, the content of the published piece relates to their work.
Be enthusiastic about catching up. People enjoy letting us know what has been going on in their professional lives. It's a way of sorting out for them. Listen. It's more important to them to speak than for us to update them on our own career highlights.
Offer a favor. Typically, I invite them to post a bylined piece or an interview on one of my three syndicated blogs. I only do that with those for whom that could be professionally useful.
Admittedly, when we're not flourishing it's difficult to reach out. However, that's exactly that time we have to. Isolated, our thoughts become monsters of the mind.