Networking is an essential skill in growing your business. It starts with building a relationship based on an honest connection. To be an asset versus a one time conversation, start giving before you get. Figure out how to collaborate with the other person before thinking about what’s it in for you. Determine what value you can add and dish it out freely. Maybe your help is in the form of good advice, or in the form of simple, honest appreciation. Are you a relationship connector? Facilitate that connection for someone else. Access to a key resource is priceless. Embrace the premise that you will help them move forward. Then deliver on your promise to connect. Your success correlates to your network. Connected people understand the power of relationships to engage and enlarge their network.