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7 Ways to Better Networking

https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/288108

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7 Ways to Better Networking
5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Many people (including me) offer advice on what it takes to be better at networking. One thing often is left out of that equation, however: Networking involves interacting with others, so it's worth asking what the average person believes it takes to become great.

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Top Characteristics of a Great Networker

Top Characteristics of a Great Networker
  1. Good listener.
  2. Positive attitude: it makes people want to cooperate and associate with you.
  3. Collaborative to serve others. 
  4. Sincere

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