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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 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