Top 10 unconventional networking tips that work

Do you send emails just to say hello? Do you respond to people who tweet you? Do you meet up with people in real life? You may want to start.

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A lot of people tell me networking makes them uncomfortable—that it’s weird and awkward.

Networking can be that way sometimes, especially when you first start, but I am going to help you overcome your fear by using myself as an example.

Below are 10 actions I almost didn’t take because I feared rejection or someone labeling me as weird and awkward:

1. I spent more than 30 hours emailing 55 people.

When I wrote “The Ultimate Networking Tips Guide: 87 Killer Resources” I spent days writing emails to the authors of the articles I featured. Each email was personal and explained how the author has helped me achieve success. Writing the emails took longer than finding all 87 links!

Result: Many authors whom I idolize wrote back telling me they were honored to be featured. Many of them shared the article with their networks.

Lesson: Thank people who have helped you no matter how famous they might be. You would think they get thank-you emails all the time, but they don’t. They mostly get emails seeking help. Make their day.

2. I asked people on Twitter to grab drinks.

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