Great networking advice, Abbie!
I know I have said this before, but Abbie’s piece got me going. I love meeting new people. It gives me a rush. I love learning about where people come from, how they got where they are, what kind of work they do, where they want to go. Some of my favorites recently have been the “young friends” events: Young Friends of the Free Library, Young Friends of the Art Museum, Young Friends of the Philly Orchestra…etc.
And I also love figuring out how me and my new friend are connected. Its my new game. How many people do we have in common? Philly is a small town, so you are bound to have at least one person in common. For those of you stuck in the oficina due to billable hours, there are of course various online networking outlets (not nearly as fun as my game) such as friendster, myspace, and LinkedIn. LinkedIn is a great professional resource.
Michael Adler is a LinkedIn guru. Check him out. (I had to give you a shout out since you said you read this)
I am not so good at the LinkedIn–I only have 13 connections. =(