Finally, another little thing that works if practiced consistently is to “run your traps.”

Bill Plaster lived across the street from my parents. Mr. Plaster was an elderly geologist when I first began seeing him downtown after I started practicing law. He had been developing oil and gas prospects and selling them for many years. He was a fixture in downtown Shreveport, always in a suit and tie, with his Fedora tilted slightly on his head.

On a weekday morning, you’d see him check his box at the post office and make the rounds of one or two downtown coffee shops.If you asked Mr. Plaster what he was doing, he’d tell you, “I’m runnin’ my traps.”

A trapper sets traps in locations that have proven successful in the past, and he checks those proven locations regularly. That’s what running traps is. Mr. Plaster knew that the same principle worked to stay in touch with his network of friends and contacts.

We all have “traps.” They are our circle of friends, our social affiliations, our community work, even the places we frequent. In today’s world, our “traps” may (perhaps should) include Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, the world of social media.

It’s part of staying in the game. Run your traps.

Good hunting.