But often, that is easier said than done.
So, over the next few days, I'll share a few thoughts about "networking" and show you some easy ways to get started with it.
To begin with, you need to develop a list of contacts for your networking efforts.
Now, there are several ways to put such a list together. Here's one that works quite well. Merely begin filling out the following categories and at the end, you should have at least 10 to 20 names for your networking list.
Who do you know?
From your previous job:
From your present job:
Shares a sport or hobby:
From your church:
From community activities:
Your auto sales person:
Who changes your oil or tires:
Parents of your children’s friends:
Friends of your parents:
Friends of your significant other:
Grocery store cashiers or clerks:
The person who sells you clothes:
Your doctor or dentist:
Your child’s coach:
Your child’s teacher:
The person who cuts your hair:
Your bank representative:
Your cell phone sales person:
The bus driver:
Your school advisor:
Once you have your list put together -- remember this is just a starting point. You may always add names as you go along.
Tomorrow, I'll give you some ideas about how you can effectively work your list.