These get-togethers range from informal meetings to formal programs with prescribed reading or coursework. The groups offering them may be for-profit, not-for-profit, or state-sponsored. Defined by profession, income level, geography, demographic, or some combination of these factors, they seek to make job hunters comfortable with networking. Networking organizations may offer other assistance as well and charge higher membership fees to provide it. However, the group-networking events tend to be affordable - in the $30 to $45 range - and their organizers stress that everyone participates.

Be prepared to be sized up when you step into the networking scene. Here's a quick list to help you stand up to the scrutiny:

1. Dress appropriate to the venue. If the event is at a person's home, a three-piece suit is probably not required.

2. Practice your handshake. Firm-not abusive.

3. Pop a breath mint-or two.

4. Do not be overbearing. As strange as it seems, some people attend these events to unwind. The strong sell won't work.

5.Take plenty of business cards.

However, do not overdo networking at these events. You have many other important activities to spend your valuable time doing in your twenty-four-hour day to build your business. So, strike a good, happy balance.

Have you ever tried any of these activities out? Have you read Part one of this article or any of the other articles in my series on Networking? If not, I suggest you do so now. If your professional or personal life and career relationships are starting to drag, a little spiffing up of your contacts is in order.

David Hale, Ph.D., PCC, a Corporate Performance Consultant, University Professor and Professional Certified Coach, is an internationally recognized speaker, author, and seminar leader. He is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of the DHI-Communication. For more than 20 years, Dr. Hale has trained professional coaches, ministers, clinicians, executives, teachers, government agents and private individuals using the coaching methods and skills that he has designed.

David is the author of The High Performance Entrepreneur: 12 Essential Strategies to Supercharge Your Startup Business published by iUniverse in 2008. His newest book, Straight Talk From Corporate America's 10 Most Requested Speakers and Trainers, is written with the intent to make his personal and business success skills and principles widely available. David's work and books have been featured on national television, radio, and print media.

Dave has twenty-three years' experience in design and delivery of training programs for public, private, government and non-profit centers. He also has twenty years' experience in coaching and training individuals and groups in state and federal agencies, and profit and non-profit corporate settings as well as coaching and counseling individuals on a private, fee-for-service, basis. After twenty years of developing and leading coach training programs David founded DHI-Communication, an international coaching and training consultancy, specializing in communication principles. Dave is widely regarded as one of the top business coaches for Web 2.0 Entrepreneurs. He can be contacted at or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..