I took 250 coffee meetings in 400 days and I learned 3 things about networking

When I quit my job as an IT consultant and joined the technology startup community in Chicago, I didn’t know a single soul.

When I say that I didn’t know anyone, I mean it in the most literal sense. I didn’t know a single person. No one to call or email.

Every connection I had was involved in the IT consulting community, which believe it or not, is drastically different than the startup community.

So, I did what any truly lost entrepreneur would do and took 250 coffee meetings in 400 days.

I went from being alone to building an active community of people I can always rely on for my career and personal growth.

If you’re looking to build a network, and enjoy coffee, here are my three top tips — along with the help of two other relationship experts — on how to create a professional network using coffee meetings:

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