Demonstrators are chatty and outgoing and generally pretty good about maintaining relationships. However, out-of-town friends and family may occasionally feel out of the loop and worried, especially when a demonstrator takes a spontaneous trip or engages in new activities without telling anyone. Fortunately, there are many tools available to help you help your demonstrator stay in contact.
In retirement, Fyodor liked to be on the go, and his children understood that. They’d gotten him a smartphone so that they could keep up with him while he dashed from club to club and event to event. However, when they went 4 days without being able to contact him, they began to worry. They called the police for a wellness check, flew across country to check on his house, and began canvassing local hospitals and shelters. Fyodor was gone, and his cell phone was plugged in on his nightstand. His kids gathered, worried, and tried to talk to everyone he’d seen the day before he’d disappeared.
They heard the jangle of keys in the lock and jumped to their feet. Fyodor strolled in, tanned, smiling, and pleasantly surprised to find his family gathered in his living room. “Dad, where were you?” his oldest daughter shrieked. Fyodor looked perplexed. “Marty asked if I wanted to go down to his beach house with him for a few days. Why didn’t you call if you were worried?” “Because you didn’t take your cell phone or tell anyone where you were going!” she screamed. His son could see his dad melting under the conflict and stepped in to redirect the conversation to one about feelings.
“Dad, you have to drop us a line before you travel,” he said. “We were so scared that you were in a hospital somewhere. Please promise us that next time, you’ll let one of us know where you are!” Fyodor thought his family members were being paranoid—more like the parents than the children—but he agreed. To help with future communication, one of the kids set up a shared calendar online for the family, and Fyodor promised to mark any trips on the calendar so they’d know where he was.