As you build your network, you should pay attention to who you are meeting. Make it a point to diversify your network in terms of industries and job functions. The more diverse your network the better you will be in the long term.
As you meet people, you should be finding out ways in which you can help. One of the best ways is to connect people together. Ask who they would like to be connected to for their business. People are usually happy to answer this question and are grateful that you are willing to open up your network.
The bigger and more diverse your network the easier it will be to connect people. One of the great benefits of connecting people is that you stay top of mind with both sides. The fact that you took the time to introduce people will not be forgotten, especially if new business is generated.
At the same time, you need to find ways to stay relevant to your network. Making introductions is a great reason to reach out to certain people in your network. When good introductions are made, you will be seen as a connector. Your credibility and brand will become stronger.
When the time is appropriate, people in your network will connect you to others as well. When this happens, your network will grow with some of the same quality already in your Rolodex. You will reap the benefits of good relationship building.