Network, Network, Network
It’s not what you know, it’s who you know. In business this is a very relevant statement, in fact making connections is arguably more important than being good at what you do. There are people out there who are great at what they do, but they don’t have the connections to showcase their skills to. The best way to get connected in the business world is to Network.
You can use Linkedin; I find this is a very effective tool for making connections in business. It’s also great for posting articles, which inevitably lead to discussion with like minded individuals. If the only Linkedin connections you have are a few old school mates and some family, you need to work a bit more at growing your network.
If meeting face to face is more your thing, then you will most certainly want to find a networking event.www.meetup.com is one of the most popular places to find groups and like minded individuals either locally or somewhere your visiting.
If you live in the UK, a popular site to try is findnetworkingevents.com. Your likely to find something that interests you, especially if its to do with marketing, sales or entrepreneurship.
The tip I would give you for networking is, don’t be afraid to approach someone that interests you. Everyone at a networking event is there for a reason… to NETWORK. Make sure that after speaking to someone, you connect with them over Linkedin or send them an email to tell them it was nice talking to them.