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What Does Networking Mean, and What Does It Look Like Today?

By October 21, 2019July 21st, 2020No Comments
J. Kelly Hoey - Build Your Dream Network

Time to shake up your idea of what networking means. If it is not schmoozing at parties and endless coffee dates, then what is networking? Hint: some of your daily routines actually are network building activities.

Key takeaways:

  • Positive, brief, day-to-day interactions are the ingredients for a supportive network.
  • Those trivial tasks you dread might be the networking opportunities you’ve been waiting for.

What to listen for:

  • 00:38    What is networking?
  • 03:28    Prioritize micro-networking in your day-to-day
  • 04:02    Email as a networking opportunity
  • 05:37    Voicemail as a networking opportunity
  • 06:06    Online presence as a networking opportunity
  • 09:32    Three networking takeaways


“A first impression is not just made by a firm handshake at a cocktail party, it’s made when someone hits search on Google!” [06:16]

Take a listen to Episode One of the Build Your Dream Network podcast to reframe your approach to networking (in 10 minutes or less).

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.