Gold miners don’t stuff their sacks with any old rock. No. They’re selective. They choose only those rocks that they perceive to have value.
To effectively “mine” a networking event, you should take a similar approach. It’s not a matter of amassing lots and lots of connections. Rather, focus on finding value. In the long run, a few quality connections will benefit you more than a pocket full of business cards.
Any gathering of people – a party, tradeshow, or business after-hours – can be a networking event. And any of these you can mine. Use these as opportunities to wisely expand the base of your connections with a few great people upon which you can build relationships.
Then, from these valuable rocks, you open yourself to being connected to other great contacts, invaluable information, and opportunities that can make your day, week or year.
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