Innovation is more effective through networking.
There are three main types of networking: Operational, Personal and Strategic.
Be strategic; identify who is best for your network and how best to network.
Develop an internal and external network map in relation to your organisation. Identify gaps and gatekeepers/brokers.
Be prepared when you attend networking functions. Think of engaging questions that will identify how you could potentially help people.
Remember, be patient, you may not be able to find a connection straight away.
Regularly review your network.
Finally, help wherever you can as your contact will think of you first. Remember it is not only how many people you know but also how many people know you. Reciprocate information and stay in touch. Network maintenance requires time and effort and a solid network of 50 is better than 1,000 acquaintances.