Here are three networking ideas from workplace pundit and consultant Liz Ryan (www.asklizryan.blogspot.com):
1. Invite three friends who don’t know one another to lunch. “Four is a good number,” Ryan says, “and you’ll do your friends the favor of introducing them to two terrific new people.”
2. Ask a friend to go with you to a networking event hosted by a group neither of you is familiar with. “Let’s face it, you’re unlikely to do it on your own. So make it a twosome,” says Ryan. “You’ll meet some new people and, with luck, get some good ideas, plus the chance to catch up with your friend on the ride to and from the shindig.”
3. Call someone and ask for a meeting to reconnect. Don’t meet over coffee or lunch. Rather, suggest a nice walk.
“Walking and talking are the greatest,” she says, “and you’ll feel much better after your walk-and-talk than you would downing one more cup of coffee. Seriously.”