Sometimes the hardest part of networking is just getting started.
Here are four ways to start building your network today:
1. Start with people you know. Former classmates, coworkers, and even relatives are a great place to start to build your network. (More information on getting started)
2. Link up with LinkedIn: Invite some of those new connections you made via the professional social network for coffee, lunch, or happy hour. Make that connection more than just virtual.
3. Attend a GMN Regional Chapter networking event. Check out the calendar for upcoming events in your region.
4. Tap into your mentor’s network. Ask him/her to introduce you to some people worth getting to know. (And don’t forget to send a thank-you note or email to your mentor once the introduction has been made.)
And don’t forget to follow up once you’ve made new connections. Exchange business cards and send a follow-up email.