Introduce Yourself

And finally, the most simple networking hack of them all.
Introduce yourself.
While a referral or an introduction can be great, at the end of the day it’s all about you grabbing life by the horns and saying, “This is who I am and this is what I do.”
At the gym. At the pool. At the club. At whatever event. Introduce yourself. Walk up, stick your hand out, and say, “Hi, I’m ___________.” “How are you?”
I have met some truly incredible people this way, and through the rest of the tactics I have written about here. My intention is to show you that networking is really not about hacking anyone. It’s not about cheating the system or getting more out than you put in. 

Real networking is just about being open to life and the people who cross your path. Real networking is about expanding your friend group. Real networking means putting your genuine self out there–not wearing your sales suit trying to sell everyone.
Be who you are and you will attract whom you need!