Five years from now your life will be exactly the same except for two things: 1) the books you have read, and 2) the people you have met. Networking is your key to making really interesting, helpful, and powerful contacts. In an economy dominated by ideas an innovation, networking creates the channels through which ideas are created. A large network, carefully cultivated, ties one into not just a body of people but a body of relationships, and those relationships are ore than just the sum of their parts. The interactions those relationships make possible give rise to innovation and creativity--and provide the support to nurture new ideas until they can be realized.
Develop a plan and a list of people you want to add to your network. Then become an active participant and attend seminars and events where you will have the opportunity to meet those people.
When you do get into a conversation, it is wise to keep focused on the other person rather than on yourself. Become a good listener and always remember to smile.
A secret to good networking is do what you love to do or would love to learn. You will easily connect with like-minded people. So go network!
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