Classy Career Girl’s 2011 Networking Challenge

~ It’s not what you know but who you know that makes the difference. ~ Anonymous

Recently, I have been determined to expand my network to reach my dreams and goals.  I know that if I want to reach my full potential and do what I love, I must constantly be looking to expand and further my network.  If you are like me, you have to deal with barriers to networking and reaching your goals. My goal in 2011 is to knock down these barriers by meeting new people and strengthening my current relationships.

4 X 4 Networking Challenge: Two easy steps!

1) Each month, I will meet with 4 people that I already know but would like to get to know even better.

2) Each month, I will meet with 4 people that I don’t know but I would like to get to know.

By the end of 2011, I will have added 48 new people to my network and strengthened relationships with 48 friends, co-workers and family members!  Yes, I am completely scared and not quite sure if I can do it.  I don’t have much time right now since I am working full time and going to school at night.  But, I do know that if I learn to manage my time better, I can free up time during the day to meet people for lunch or coffee.  I will be blogging about the challenge and look forward to sharing with you what I learn.  I hope that you will join me in building relationships and reaching your goals in 2011. Don’t let the barriers like being too busy or too shy hold you back any longer!

If you would like to join me in this challenge for a month or a year, leave a comment below.  Cheers to a great 2011!!



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  1. Jill says:

    Good luck babes and Happy New Year!

    • Susan Braun says:

      Thank you that’s a great idea and there are many people on LinkedIn I would like to add to my network but they usually ask you questions where do you know them and if you don’t you can’t add them. It’s a great idea!
      Susan Braun

  2. That's a great idea! My resolutions are about friendships as well.

  3. Debbie says:

    I love the idea of these goals! Sounds great.
    I wish you all the best in 2011.

  4. Jill, Jean and Debbie – Thanks so much for the encouragement! I need all of the encouragement I can to stay motivated in this challenge! Happy New Year and best of luck with your resolutions as well! Happy 2011!

  5. Jill says:

    Wow. I read this and thought "ambitious, scary, but in the end I'm sure it'll be worth it!" I'm excited to read about your progress along the way! Right now I think my problem is the "too shy" barrier! I guess that means I know where to start. ;)

  6. Jill-That is awesome! I hope you join me! It is very ambitious and scary but if you plan ahead and set up meetings in the beginning of the month, it shouldn't be too hard. And trust me, I am shy too but I think this is a great way to help us overcome this barrier!

  7. Steph says:

    I wish you the best for happy and healthy networking, Classy Career Girl! While I've sketched out some personal goals for the year, I still need to draft a set of professional ones. I may have to honor your command and follow in line.

  8. Thanks Steph! I hope you will join me and include the networking challenge in your professional goals! If you do, please keep me posted on how it goes! Happy New Year!

  9. I know you are up to the challenge. I sort of reached out last year in blogger-land, first virtually to other bloggers, and then physically when I organized local blogger meet-ups. A wonderful experience that not only strengthens my chops as a independent fashion blogger, but I made some good friends with common interests.

    Do you read the blog, The New Professional? Her focus, like you is on professional office attire and she was one of the nicest people I met last year. I say you two would hit it off, nicely!

  10. That sounds like a great plan – and really focused. There's definitely no reason why it shouldn't work, so here's to a successful 2011.

    Networking is part of my game plan for the next few months, too, as part of growing my writing career… you're actually on my list of people to email, so you should get a message from me this week! :)

  11. This is AWESOME.

  12. sounds like a fabulous goal! :) I absolutely love your blog!

  13. What a great goal for 2011! Networking is SO capital in career success!

  14. Citizen Rosebud – I do know the New Professional and she is great and I would love to meet her. I am glad that you reached out and found new great friends with common interests! I hope to do the same! Thanks for stopping by!

  15. Rachel – Thanks for the encouragement! I need all I can get:) Looking forward to your email! Best of luck with networking and growing your writing career in 2011!

    Tanya and Steph-Thanks, glad you both like the idea and glad you love the blog Steph! That is always nice to hear:) Happy New Year to both of you!

  16. Kandi-STYLE says:

    This sounds great! I don't know if I can commit to such a lofty goal, but I'll try. Love your blog!

  17. Kandi-Style-Awesome! So glad to have you join!! It is going to be a great way to meet new people and strengthen relationships! Good luck! Glad you love the blog!

  18. Louba says:

    HI, I stumbled accross your blog on the Lady Bloggers Tea Party. i've just read through a couple of your posts and I'm really looking forward to reading more. I really need to work on my networking skills – I am truely rubbish at it unless the opportunity pretty much falls into my lap. I don't know that I can commit to 4 X 4, I can be really shy (!) but I'm going to try to 2 X 2!

  19. Louba-I am so glad you found my blog and are enjoying it! Good luck working on your networking skills in 2011! You will do great! I will add you to the networking challenge newsletter!

  20. Ms. Manda says:

    I'm in. I'll be changing it a bit to fit my schedule better. But I'm excited to grow my network.

    Thanks for the tips.

    Ms. Manda

  21. Ms. Manda- that is awesome! So excited to have you join! If you send me your email address to, I can add you to the networking challenge newsletter. I am also excited that you guys are personalizing the challenge to make it best for your goals and commitments, awesome!

  22. Will start with two persons in the beginning. Good method to meet and socialize with new people.

  23. Chitra- thanks and good luck! 2 is a perfect number to start out at!

  24. RubySongbird says:

    It’s probably too late to join, but I’d like to hop in and start the challenge. I don’t think I can do 4 a month due to time constraints but I should be able to squeeze in one a month with someone I don’t already know! Thanks for the inspiration!

  25. M. Hodges says:

    Hi I just started my networking company and I am very excited to see where it would lead me… i was surfing the net i came across your site after reading the comments it made me more excited to continue…..Thanks and keep up the good works.

  26. Veronica Rivero says:

    I think this is an excellent idea Anna! I truly enjoy networking but I believe some months are better than others. Sometimes we get caught up in the day to day activities and forget how important it is to keep in touch, stay connected and meet new people every day. I want to further expand my career in Sales, so it is definitely important for someone like myself and those in my area to continue building relationships and expanding existing ones. Thank you for the reminder. I would love to join you in this challenge!

  27. Laura J says:

    Wonderful advice. Thanks for sharing and blogging.

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  29. Christine says:

    Great idea to set such concrete monthly goals! I’m curious to know: Were you able to accomplish the 4×4 Networking Challenge every month? And will you be setting this goal (or something similar) for 2014?


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