You have lots of friends and clients. From time to time, someone gets sick. Sometimes it can be anything from a broken leg to a fatal disease. What’s an advisor to do? You want to be seen as compassionate, not predatory.
This is a bigger problem than it seems. You’ve heard “Out of sight, out of mind.” The pandemic has driven this point home. You had plenty of people you see on a regular basis before the lockdown. How many have called and asked: “How are you doing?” Fewer than you would have hoped. People are often forgotten about when their regular routine changes.
Here’s how human nature works. A friend gets sick. You don’t know what to say, so you don’t call. The friend feels forgotten about. Others call and say “Let me know if there is anything I can do.” That’s a vague question. You know the answer when you ask for referrals that way. Their mind goes blank.