Networking secrets from people who like to network

Boston, MA 052313 For a Diversity Boston feature story about people who are super networkers we photographed Joselin Mane (cq) during a One Medical Group event at the Towne on Boylston Street on May 23, 2013. (Essdras M Suarez/ Globe Staff)/ BIZ
Marketing and technology entrepreneur Joselin Mane advises anyone who’s skittish about networking to get to know themselves.Essadras M Suarez / Globe Staff

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Every college graduate, job seeker, and ambitious employee knows the value of networking, but the process of turning handshakes and business cards into a valuable web of professional contacts can be a daunting one.

Evelyn Barahona, Joseline Mane, Colette Phillips, and Raj Sharma, however, have it figured out. These Boston businessmen and women have working a room – or an elevator, in at least one case – down to a science.

They agreed to share their networking secrets that will help you make an impression. Barahona networks where you least expect it (think elevators and baby showers), Mane uses social media, Phillips advises to connect with people outside your industry, and Sharma focuses on being a resource for others.

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