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10 Networking Mistakes That Make You Look Dumb

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

3. You've Got Blinders On

Networking events are opportunities to create opportunities. If you march into a social hour with a rigid agenda, you risk parading past fresh possibilities. You’re not selling cookies here. You’re selling the need to talk further and garnering the pertinent information to make that happen.

And don’t limit interactions to immediate needs. Dream big and your life will eventually catch up to your aspirations. Begin now to build the bridges to where you hope to be in five years. Seek those that will inspire you and open your eyes to developing trends that may impact your future in transformative ways. Be open.