For most business professionals, networking is hard work. You hustle to meet as many thought leaders as possible in the shortest amount of time, make small talk, and rate your success according to the stack of business cards you’ve collected.

Instead of attending all those awkward coffee dates and boring meet-and-greets, you could be using strategic techniques that improve the number, variety, and substance of the connections you make.

Here are seven useful techniques to try:

Read more