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Networking is a purposeful form of social interaction that can build your knowledge.

Summary

Whether it be at work, in the community, or on deployment, when you are interacting with people you have the opportunity to build a network of contacts that can prove very helpful. Networking can build good long-term relationships and help improve our knowledge of the organisation. For the less socially minded person, this may not come easily and can be a daunting experience. It’s a good idea to plan ahead when networking, know what you want to learn and use a friendly approach, don't be in a rush. With the pandemic forcing us to engage remotely remember it’s nice to be able to put a face to the voice or email - conversation starters can help break the ice. Michael Page's 11 benefits of networking and their 10 networking tips will work for anyone.  How's your network?