Meet people and look for ways you can help them. Understand their business, their pain points, and their challenges—keep them in mind. Then, when you come across a helpful article, eBook, application, referral, and so forth, send it to them. Don't expect anything back in return. Be genuine. Jeff Archibal
I've always found networking events a bit stressful. But with this new approach in mind, I can just look at it as a professional party. A chance to meet people and learn what's going on. And ... perhaps be of service to someone.