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How to approach meeting new people

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Your approach to networking can make the difference in being noticed or ignored by important players.

Don’t overlook anyone. Everyone is important at a networking event. If you dismiss someone because you’re trying to meet someone more prominent, you’re losing an opportunity. People may be more connected than you know, and you’re leaving a bad impression.

Collecting a business card isn’t enough. The relationship isn’t set when you exchange cards or connect online. Relationships need to be built, so be willing to put in time and effort. Have patience because it takes time.

Network with people who enjoy connecting others. You want people in your circle who are good at introducing others. If you need to meet someone, these are the people you turn to.

— Adapted from “Tim Ferriss breaks down the simple approach he used to connect with tech power players like Marc Andreessen and Chris Sacca,” Richard Feloni, Business Insider.

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