We could all sharpen our networking skills a little bit more, regardless of where we are on the ladder. And you know that. So, I bet you’d like to skip the basic tips and go straight to the strategies that get the most successful people results. Assuming I’m betting right, I’ve compiled nine tips from some of the world’s most well-known business people.

  1. Ellevate chair Sallie Krawcheck emphasizes the importance of knowing your own brand, whether that’s on social media or in person. (Fortune)
  2. Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh is big on being authentic. Your goal should be to build personal relationships, not to fill your contact list. (The Huffington Post)
  3. Arianna Huffington says that when you’re meeting with anyone, make sure you’re giving him or her your full attention. Put the phone away and get your listening ears ready. (Fast Company)
  4. The most important question that LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner asks himself before going into any interaction: What do I ultimately want to accomplish? (Business Insider)
  5. Former President Bill Clinton is such a great networker because he makes anyone he talks to feel important. (Tim Ferris)
  6. Bestselling author Gretchen Rubin recommends making the time to stay up-to-date with your contacts, even if it’s through a quick “thinking of you” email. (Gretchen Rubin)
  7. Canva’s Guy Kawasaki has many stellar tips that he shares regularly, but an easy one to take to the bank is reading a lot. It helps with schmoozing and connecting with others. (Guy Kawasaki)
  8. Fashion icon and celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe usually talks about making connections in the fashion industry, but her tips are universal. One of the most crucial: Network with your peers, not just the higher-ups. (Fashionista)
  9. Master networker Jon Levy takes a more unique approach: He holds TED talk-like dinner parties. (The Daily Muse)


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