1. Establish Relationships with Network When trying to "connect" with people, try to find areas of common interest -issues, ideas or activities that you share in common with the other person. Effective networking is not a "one-shot" deal. True networking requires establishing a long-term relationship with someone. And the best way to do that is to find out about that individual on a personal and business level. 2. Be Honest about Your Intentions State why you are contacting an individual for help. Do not say you would like to conduct an informal interview if you are actually trying to get a job offer from the meeting rather than information. Your honesty will result in people being more willing to assist you. 3. Reciprocate Networking is a two way street. So if someone has assisted you, make it a priority to help that individual down the road. However, do not expect something from someone just because you helped her in the past. Sometimes that person may not be in the position to help you. However, personally I believe that if you help someone out of the goodness of your heart, it is the "order of the universe" that someone will help you one day. And remember, it has been said, that it is better to give than to receive. These three key principles have one common element - treating people with respect. By applying these principles, we can enrich our lives professionally and personally.