MAINTAIN & DEVELOP RELATIONSHIPS: Don’t let your networking efforts fizzle out after the initial contact. Regularly check in with your connections, remember what you last spoke about, especially if it was a personal experience, share updates about your career, and offer support when needed. Building a strong professional network takes time. Be patient and persistent, as meaningful connections may not lead to immediate results but can pay off in the long run. Solicit feedback from your network about your skills, strengths, and areas for improvement. Be open to constructive criticism, as it can help you refine your approach and become a better networker. Seek out mentors and sponsors within your field who can guide you and advocate for your career growth. They can provide valuable advice, introduce you to key contacts, and help you navigate the corporate landscape. Ask fellow networkers what would they do differently if they could go back and if there’s anything they would recommend. Learning from these successes and failures will aid your own career progression. You might initially find this uncomfortable but people are unlikely to react negatively and we tend to like to talking about ourselves.