1What’s Your Networking Quotient?

As we have seen, people are finding that strong personal, professional, and virtual networks are an increasingly essential element in their development, effectiveness, and well-being. Just look at the popularity of virtual networks such as MySpace, Flickr, LinkedIn, and Ryze. A strong network can help you navigate rapid change in a number of ways, including broadening your exposure to information and your access to expertise.

Networking is something that we all do naturally every day; we just may not call it that. The people who are most successful in life do it purposefully. This book is to help you do what you do naturally more consciously, more systematically, and more effectively.

In this chapter, you ...

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