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Put the effort to connect

Put the effort to connect

It pays off eventually. Efforts to connect may not pay off right there and then,  or even in a fair way, but they do pay off.

Even if this effort pays off half the time, it is worth it.

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Practice networking daily, making the right efforts with patience,  and you will see your network growing, as you become more comfortable and confident.

If you are going to a club or a meeting, it helps to check online and on the event's page about the people that are going and touch base with a few of them.

When you arrive at the event venue, you can meet those persons and can avoid loitering alone there.

If you reach out to 50 people on email and only one real connection happens in your networking, it is worth the effort, and the learning.

You can fine-tune your ways to get better results as you progress.

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