What’s the best way to do networking?

Guy Cohen (CRO of Wonder)
Why you should demand an agenda for meetings, and how to do it — nicely | A Founder’s Notebook

Hi xxx, Would be happy to chat – can you provide details around what you’d like to discuss? This way I can make sure: 1) I’m the right person for you to be speaking with. 2) I can be prepared and make the meeting as efficient for the both of us as possible. Best, [name]

Fred Wilson (Co-Founder and Partner at Union Square Ventures)
Is This You? – AVC

It’s good to have a calling card in business and this blog is mine. It pays off all the time. It widens my network constantly. I am not saying that everyone should blog. That’s not going to work for most people. But finding some way to connect to the people you should know is huge. It could be public speaking, it could be publishing research, it could be going to conferences all the time. Whatever it is, getting out there and networking and meeti… (read more)

Sam Altman (President at Y Combinator)
Startup advice, briefly – Sam Altman

Don’t underestimate the importance of personal connections.

Greg McKeown (Founder and CEO of THIS)
How to say “no” gracefully | A Founder’s Notebook

1. “It really is good to hear from you. ” 2. Thank you ever so much for thinking of me! It sounds like such a brilliant project. I am complimented that you thought of me. ” 3. “For several reasons I need to pass on this at the moment. “

John Gannon (CEO and Co-founder of BEMAVEN)
Founder productivity hack: The open meeting | Yet Another (ex-)VC Blog

This is a great hack for founders but also for any busy professional who gets a lot of inbound requests to network over coffee, drinks, etc. Set a consistent weekly timeslot (I recommend 2 hours) and location that can accommodate at least a few people for a meeting.

David Jackson (Founder, Seeking Alpha)
How to maximize your chance of getting a meeting or call with someone | A Founder’s Notebook

If you want to get a meeting or call with someone, make your request specific, attractive and convenient so they can accept it immediately: Time: Suggest at least three possible times in your initial email. This maximizes the chance that one of them will be convenient, and they’ll be able to say “yes” without further iteration. Location: Suggest a location that’s convenient for them. In his suggestion above, Mark uses “at your offices”. Duration:… (read more)