Networking 101 For Dummies

Networking is a critical skill for any business professional to develop. Developing a network of contacts is an important part of getting new clients, building relationships with suppliers and other business people in your field, and even for finding a job in the future. Networking can be intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be. Networking is really just a fancy name for making friends or building relationships, and it works best when it’s viewed that way, instead of looking at networking as a purely mercenary activity. Here are some quick tips for networking:

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Matthew O'Brien

With over 20 years of experience in the digital media world, Matthew has worked for and with Fortune 500 businesses and has built companies from the start-up stage to exit strategy. He recently helped develop a data insight engine to bridge the gap between search, social, and mobile marketing to maximize the visibility, relevancy, and predictive success of online businesses.

Matthew is the founder of MINT Social, an award-winning digital marketing company that accelerates online marketing results to help businesses get found and thrive online. 

Matthew has developed an educational curriculum for Universities on social media for businesses, is a founding board member of the Arizona Innovation Marketing Association (AZIMA), a board member of HeroZona Foundation and on the advisory board (Vinnies) for St. Vincent de Paul - Phoenix.  Matthew is a mentor with ASU Entrepreneurship and Innovation Group, a speaker on social media and digital marketing, and is a subject matter expert with many online portals.

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