How to Build a Social Network

A social network comprises a group of friends and acquaintances that share similar interests, careers or both. Building an effective social network will mean that you will always have contacts to help you with your personal or career endeavors.


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    Go through your address book, day planner, or other contact information for your current friends and contacts. Make connection with them just to talk. The subject of your conversation isn't really important at this point. Just staying in touch works wonders and will serve as the foundation for the next steps.
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    Throw a party. Either a birthday party or just a friendly get together. Ask all of your close friends to come and tell them that they can bring a guest. Speak with everyone at the party and get phone numbers and contact information from those you do not know and that you share common interests with.
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    Join an Internet message board or community that focuses on one of your interests (such as wikiHow ;) ). Post on the topic and share your knowledge. If someone on the message board has similar interests or can teach you something, then send them an email or a private message and get to know them.
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    Attend weddings, funerals and parties that you are invited to. Showing that you care about the people in your network, even if you just pop in and say hi, will cause those that are in your 'network' to return the same courtesy. And, you could meet other people there too.
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    Send a weekly email to some of your most valued contacts just to touch base. Ask how they are doing, how their family is, how their job is going. Be sincere!
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    Consider volunteering and joining a cause that you believe in. Perhaps a cancer or AIDS walk or fundraiser. Or perhaps a political campaign for a candidate that you share political views with.
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    Attend conferences concerning the topics you are interested in. Whether they are about technology, skiing or scrapbooking, you will meet new people that share similar interests.
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    Start your own group. This can be a bit of a daunting task, but if you start your own group, whether an internet bulletin board group or an actual meet and greet group, people will be coming to you instead of you looking for them. This is a great way to meet new contacts and friends.
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    Should you be seeking a job, don't hesitate to tell everyone in your network about it. Send out resumes to those you are closest to or those that share business interest.


  • Do not be afraid to leave your comfort zone. If you are at a party, don't just stand in the corner. Just make small talk with people. Soon, you will be in a full blown conversation that may lead to a closer relationship.
  • Never 'snub' anyone that is introduced to you. You may not like the way that they dress, act, or even look, but one of the people in your social network cares about them, so be very courteous when meeting a new contact. You don't have to stay in touch with them, but you should be polite--always! Also, do not be judgemental, you could be meeting someone who will become one of your best friends.
  • NEVER contact old friends and try to sell them something if you haven't spoken with them in some time. This can be a HUGE turn-off and may cost you a friendship. If you wish to share a business plan with an old friend, get close to them again first.
  • Always carry business cards. They have your contact information on them and are an easy way to give your information to people you would like to hear from again.


  • Get to know and trust people before giving out too much personal information. Although most relationships will be perfectly safe, it is possible to give too much information to someone who may ultimately cause you harm.

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