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

Kelly Hoey is the author of Build Your Dream Network (January 2017 / Tarcher Perigee). She has been lauded from Forbes (“1 of 5 Women Changing the World of VC/Entrepreneurship”) to Fast Company (“1 of the 25 Smartest Women On Twitter”) to Business Insider (“1 of the 100 Most Influential Tech Women On Twitter”) and Inc. (1 of “10 Most Well-Connected People in New York City's Startup Scene”). Empowering A Billion Women By 2020 included her on their list of the “100 Most Influential Global Leaders Empowering Women Worldwide”. Not bad for a former corporate lawyer. She’s a limited partner in two emerging tech funds (Laconia Capital Group and Lattice Ventures) and can frequently be found on Twitter @jkhoey.