People often tell me I'm someone who "knows everyone." I'm flattered to hear this, of course, but it isn't true. Not even close. Sometimes I even think this is an excuse to avoid introducing me to others, an easy escape since I know everyone and there are no more introductions or connections to make. It used to make me feel bad-let's be honest, I still want and need connections to stay in business!-but I've accepted the situation and use it as motivation to remain my usual self: an eager, proactive networker. What does it mean to be a "proactive" networker? It's pretty straightforward. First and foremost, I take action, especially when it involves putting people together. For example, I don'