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Bill Clinton Networked Back in College

Bill Clinton Knew How to Network at an Early Age

Although networking can reap rewards for your career progression and job hunt, it's not always easy. In fact, it's a skill that requires a lot of dedication and time. Business Insider featured an excerpt from Never Eat Alone, written by Keith Ferrazzi, which talks about how Bill Clinton took networking seriously even when he was still in college:

[While] a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, he met a graduate student named Jeffrey Stamps at a party. Clinton promptly pulled out a black address book.

"What are you doing here at Oxford, Jeff?" he asked.

"I'm at Pembroke on a Fulbright," Jeff replied. Clinton penned "Pembroke" into his book, then asked about Stamps's undergraduate school and his major.

"Bill, why are you writing this down?" asked Stamps.

"I'm going into politics and plan to run for governor of Arkansas, and I'm keeping track of everyone I meet," said Clinton.

Taking notes shows a lot of commitment to networking. Although you don't have to be as extreme as Bill Clinton and write down a person's details on an index card while you're in front of them, you can do something similar by scribbling notes at the end of the day and saving it as a word document or writing details on the back of the business cards people give you.

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