Go Beyond Simple Networking and Organize Your Own Mastermind Group
I respect people that try and add me to their networking circles because they know I can be helpful to them. I know my insight is valuable, and I have helped many be successful. I enjoy mentoring, but only help those who demonstrate the commitment to work, listen, and learn. And I don't help people who merely see me as a rung to climb over either, I need to get something out of the deal - it doesn't have to be money, gratitude and someone who pays it forward is okay. Also, if you're going to do this, make sure that your communications and efforts don't discourage or actively repel people of other genders, ethnicities, etc. You'll miss a lot of valuable resources by limiting yourself to a hive-mind group.
• Social skills and Networking