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15 Networking Mistakes You Can't Make

Zac Frank, Tania Khadder, and Alice Handley | InsideTech

March 26, 2010

Overestimating Your Bond

You may think you know a contact well, but unless you’re seeing or corresponding with her regularly it’s better to play it safe. If you come off as presumptuous, you come off as rude and drastically diminish your chances of getting help.

When you reach out to one of these “weak” contacts (and face it, most are weak contacts), be as deferential as possible. Ask more questions, make fewer statements. And keep it short. If they want to and have the ability to give you more of their time, they will open the door for you.