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10 Networking Mistakes That Make You Look Dumb

Common Networking Blunders You Don't Even Know You're Making

Build Better Bridges

Building and maintaining relationships is a fluid process. An "It’s Wednesday; time to network" approach will never be effective, but sensitivity to random opportunities will distinguish the successful from the straggler.

Aim not to network, but instead seek to build bridges between people, projects and companies. You’ll be a hero without risking anything but the occasional paper cut as you pass on a pertinent business card.

And the payoff? Helping others be successful puts you in the middle of a bunch of successful people, the perfect place from which to achieve your own career excellence.