I'm a bit conflicted about something, and I'm hoping those of you who are a bit more experienced in the business world can give me your thoughts, experience, advice, etc. A little back story before my question: About six weeks ago I reached out to an old friend of my mother's for some advice on a particular career path I've long been considering. He has experience with a number of companies in the field, albeit not precisely in the practice area I'm targeting. I dropped him an email, and he was very receptive, even discussing ultimately "reaching out" to some of his contacts. Before he did that, however, he asked that I look into a few of the companies where he knew people so that I could get a feel for the type of work they do, and which ones I thought would be a good fit for me. I spent some time doing this, and wrote back with my thoughts, to which he responded that I'd provided him with good information. He asked for some time to think and told me he had some ideas. All of the above happened very quickly - he'd usually get back to me within about 24 hours - and all of the talk of using his connections came from his end without any prompting from me. However, the last correspondence I received was about a month ago. Given he was so willing to help, I'm kind of feeling like it might be appropriate to get in touch with him. He's very busy, and I'm sure he's even busier during the holidays. Also, my mom has told me he can be sort of "hot and cold" with regard to correspondence, and she mentioned that there will be times they'll exchange a bunch of messages for a while, followed by months without contact. The way it was left was that he looked like we were going to move forward on some ideas, but he hasn't been in touch to follow up. Given all of the above, I've considered contacting him as a sort of follow-up to our conversation, but this is where I'm a bit conflicted. On the one hand, I don't want to be perceived as a pest, or inconsiderate of his schedule. On the other hand, I know how busy things can get, and I kind of feel like getting in touch would both serve as a display of initiative and bit of a reminder. So, what do you guys think? Would getting in touch be pushing it, or is it an appropriate way to make sure so much time doesn't pass between contact that the whole thing sort of fizzles? I'd be interested in hearing experience from all sides - whether you've been the person doing the contacting or the one being contacted. Thanks in advance!