You can probably benefit personally and professionally with a little networking or relationship building. There are smart, influential, and genuinely nice people are out there and willing to help if you just branch out and open up. These connections have the power to open up doors you never thought were available, as well as offering a channel for you to share your knowledge. While that sounds great, the truth is that the process of getting to know a stranger can be quite intimidating. If you’re like me and a bit on the introverted side, here are some sites to help bring your social butterfly out of its cocoon.
The 10 Secrets of a Master Networker - Although the article is a couple years old, read this one. Keith Ferrazzi, a top-gun of networking, shares his secrets to networking success.
Networking FAQ - Ask 10 people what networking is and you are going to get many different answers. This is a great intro on networking is and why it’s not “schmoozing”
Monster.com Networking Resources - Here you can find some resources on networking including making new contacts, how to set up a network meeting, why networking, and making contacts abroad.
Networking in Business - You do have to register for this site, but their articles are good. To quote this article, “Just saying, ‘Here, let me give you my card,’ also isn’t going to cut the mustard these days. We don’t know about you, but it can feel quite off-putting when someone thrusts a card and a phony smile at us and expects us to welcome them with open arms and give them a ton of business.”