10 Ways to Take the Work Out of Networking

At a recent conference hosted by the Women's Jewelry Association (WJA), Diane Danielson, president of DWC Service Inc., Boston, and co-author of Table Talk: The Savvy Girl's Alternative to Networking, taught the audience a few networking tricks. Among her suggestions: Develop a networking strategy that works for you. Find a networking forum where you're comfortable and try to incorporate other activities that you enjoy: "Maybe it's an afternoon walk around Central Park," says Danielson. "Find what works best for you." Never come to the table empty-handed. Even if you have no specific information or contacts to offer others on a given day, use the occasion to prepare yourself to help in the future. "Come [to the table] as a good listener, because you might not be able to help them today, but six months later you might figure out a way to help them," advises D
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