A lot of people are new to networking. A great way to start to meet people is to join groups on LinkedIn. You can join industry specific groups, community groups, groups on topics of interest to you, alumni groups etc. But don’t just join the groups. Be an active participant in the discussions. Post, repost and comment. You will get to know people in the groups and then if they are local, you can set up some coffee dates to get to know people better. There’s no substitute for in person communication but if you are an introvert, travel for work a lot and don’t get out to events, a new mom who can only commit time after the kids are in bed-these are just some examples where this is a great tactic to help you “get out there” without actually “getting out there!”