I was recently reading an article in the Daily Camera about the networking scene in Boulder, Colorado. The author, Liz Ryan, said something that really struck a chord. She suggests that when it comes to networking, we should make sure we “meet businesspeople outside of our own silos.”
This makes a lot of sense. The idea of networking is to help other people get what they need. If we only hang out with people within our own industry or niche (as introverts tend to do), how will we meet all the different types of people that we need to be of any use to our network? Community events, Chambers of Commerce, business leads groups, charitable boards, and social clubs are just some of the ways to expand your network and add some variety. Next week, why not set a goal to meet just one new person from outside your own silo?