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You don’t have to be the life of the party to have a vibrant network. Select the formats and venues where you’re the most comfortable, and get the ball rolling by building a small circle of contacts. If you’re uncomfortable by yourself, go with a friend or colleague. That way, you can break the ice by making introductions and engaging in small group conversations. You may find it's easier to get started by remembering that everyone’s in the same boat. Another thing to try is the buddy system. Find a colleague who has similar networking goals so you’ll have someone to lean on. Another option is asking a well-connected veteran to be your mentor. That way you’ll not only gain networking experience, but you’ll get contacts, too.

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