1 | Think of networking not as forming business contacts, but as friendship. Just like friendship, it involves both give and take, and a mutual interest in something.
2 | It’s great to build your network by talking to people online. It’s a stress-free way to get to know someone and have a conversation, and it means you’ll already have a starting point when you meet in person at an event (or a reason to ask them out to coffee if you visit their city!).
3 | Don’t wait to start networking. It takes time to form relationships, so the sooner you start the better! It doesn’t matter if you’re a newbie, get out there and start talking to people in your field.