One biggest networking waste of time is to waste other peoples’ time, especially when the information is readily available elsewhere. Seeking an informational interview or introduction? Google the person before you make the networking ask. It’s really a no-brainer and it’s being courteous, not creepy. Frankly, not doing that basic bit of pre-networking online research is what is weird.
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 www.buildyourdreamnetwork.com