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Building A New Network. Who do I put in? Leave out?

By April 20, 2018January 17th, 2019No Comments
J. Kelly Hoey - Build Your Dream Network

Question: I’m building a new, from scratch network. Who do I put in? Leave out?

#BYDN Answer: What’s your goal? More friends? More business referrals? More connections who are New Yorkers? To meet writers? All of the above? Take an audit of your existing network to see where there are gaps in your network and where you want to add “more”. Building new networks around shared interests (volunteering, charity work, a hobby) or affinity (college, geography) are ways to start. I did a lot of volunteering through New York Cares when I moved to NYC back in 1998 and met a number of like-minded people with varied professional backgrounds from across the five boroughs. Look into alumni (college / university) and affinity groups (i.e. I’m a member of the Irish International Business Network). And make sure groups you used to belong to know where to find you now (by way of example, I’m a graduate of UBC and the dean of my law school now hosts an annual reception in New York City).

J. Kelly Hoey

J. Kelly Hoey is a problem solver who believes that most professional challenges—whether funding, landing a board position or getting a new job—are solved by tapping into networks.Kelly is a popular speaker on networking, community building and investing issues, especially as they relate to women, and has worked with the IEEE, PGA, Bank of America, Apple and countless others. Follow Kelly on Twitter @jkhoey and on Instagram @jkellyhoey and join the #BYDN community at