One of the best books I have ever read about networking and connecting with people is called ‘Never Eat Alone’ – by Keith Ferrazzi. A must read for anyone in business. It is fabulous.
At one point he talks about why networking truly is powerful. For example, if you move to some place new, in order to get to know people would you knock on every door… OR would you find the best connected people and become their friends. Well, the answer is obvious. You would want to connect with those who are already ‘plugged in’ to their communities.
In Paul Revere’s day the most ‘plugged in’ people were like him...