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Networking checklist

What should I bring with me when I go to a networking event? 
Post this "Networking Checklist" in your office and check it before you leave for your next event:

- Business cards: more than you think you need. It's not like they're very heavy, right?

- Brochures: Only if recipients can fit one or two in their coat pocket (and give them only if asked for).

- A pen or two: You might have to lend one.

- A pad to jot notes: Like something memorable that you can refer to in your follow up.

- A jacket with two pockets: one for incoming cards and one for outgoing cards.

- A positive, open and generous attitude.

- Patience: Networking's return on investment is a mill that grinds pure, but slowly. 
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