There are some people who are born networkers. They can feel free to skip this post. For the rest of us, networking requires some intentionality and planning. We loved Manya Whitaker’s honestly about how she approaches networking:
I confess that I am not “that” person who knows everyone, attends all the conferences, and has research partners at half a dozen institutions. On the contrary, I strongly dislike talking to strangers, do anything I can to avoid pseudo-intellectual banter, and, frankly, prefer to work alone. That’s why it’s all the more important that I have a strong and effective professional network.
Read her suggestions in her article here.