Meeting people is not really that tough, but connecting with people and making a great first impression is.
Start striking up conversations with strangers in lines (grocery store checkout, movie ticket, banks, etc.). Make networking a habit. Practice every day, every chance you get.
Remember, every contact enlarges your net and gets you closer to the people who could enrich your life or utilize your products and services.
“You gotta try your luck at least once a day, because you could be going around lucky all day
and not even know it.” -- Jimmy Dean
Speak to as many people as possible, get as many business cards as you can, and exchange e-mail addresses. Keep making contact. Keep in touch with those you wish to influence. Communicate regularly with pivotal people in your industry and in other industries. Many have enormous power that could help you gain access to almost anyone, many of whom you could never reach on your own.
If you have support from these people, you will save yourself a lot of time and trouble in getting where you want to go. Doors will seem to magically fly open for you.
Contributed by: Dean Lindsay, Award Winning Speaker and Author of The Progress Challenge & Co-Author of Stepping Stones to Success