When cooking with a crock-pot, you cannot rush the process. You take and carefully prepare the ingredients, place them in the crock and set the temperature on low.
Next, you must add a large dose of the most important ingredient of all – patience, as you wait for things to cook. While you wait, you occasionally tend to the creation, sprinkling in seasoning and stirring. In time, you have a wonderful feast to enjoy and share.
Networking is much the same. You take your contacts and carefully interact with them by giving referrals, offering assistance, and connecting them to others.
Then, you wait … a week, maybe a month or it could be even years. As you do so, you occasionally reconnect and continue to interact. In time, you are able to feast on a steady flow of referrals, valuable information, and invaluable contacts.