If you are a shy introvert, utilizing the internet in advance to learn more about the people you are going to be networking with, reducing your anxiety and building your self-confidence, then Linked in can be of use. I outline a system I created in my book
There is on-line networking and face-to-face networking. While there are many venue types for networking e.g., Chamber of Commerce After Hours, Meetups, BNIs, breakfast networking groups etc., each has its advantages and disadvantages. In most cases they are good for lead generation as in setting up coffee chats with people to get to know them better and explore possible mutual benefits. They are not really designed for doing business or making the sale.
I think the best way to network is to develop a system that works for you, generates good connections/leads and provides a win-win scenario for whoever you are networking with.
Good luck in your networking! If you are on Linkedin, send me an invite to connect reminding me of our connection.
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