Perhaps your goals involve career advancement, perhaps they focus on increasing sales. It could be your goals are more social or civic oriented. But one thing is certain: Whatever you're trying to accomplish, a community of supportive people can dramatically propel your success.

Networking is the practice of establishing and nurturing mutually beneficial relationships. The primary purpose of networking is to create a community of supportive people that can help you achieve your goals.

Alana Muller literally wrote the book on networking. Coffee Lunch Coffee: A Practical Field Guide for Master Networking is the definitive text on how you can use the power of connections and networking to achieve your goals.

You can achieve your goals by developing effective networking skills and harnessing the power of connections. Alana can help with that. Read her book. Book her for a workshop or speaking engagement. Hire her for some coaching sessions. But whatever you do, get started now. Success is close at hand, but it definitely won't wait.