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 +# Networking methods
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 +Networking is all about communication and building relationships with people, so there are some favourite methods that are always relevant:  ​
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 +**Meeting people** one-to-one or at events. Even one meeting usually makes it much easier to follow through with other ways of communicating,​ because you have more "​feel"​ about the other person and their preferences. See the [People][1] section.  ​
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 +**Phone calls** whether one-to-one or on a conference call. Some people are happy to take a call on their landline or mobile anytime … while others like to manage their contact with others. If you know someone uses email a lot, you can send a message asking when it is convenient to call.  ​
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 +**Newsletters**,​ to keep people in touch with what you are doing, are essential for networks, whether printed, via email, or both. However, newsletter are essentially one-way, and if they are the main means of communication can make the network essentially hierarchical:​ see the [Structures](/​networks/​netstructures) section.  ​
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 +**Email and other online tools** are very valuable for networking - but only, of course, if you and your contacts are online. As such they can be divisive if some people are connected and others aren'​t. If that is the case, you may be able to find "​connectors"​ - people who are connected who will spread information more widely by other means.  ​
 +In addition, in order to keep in touch you'll need a good contacts book or database, a full diary … but more than anything an attitude that's open and friendly, with a commitment to offer something to those you meet as well as ask. See [online methods](/​networks/​netonlinemethods)
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 +The [A-Z section](/​networks/​netaz) covers some of the key ideas behind networking, and has more on some of the methods. See also the Resources sections.
  
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