Networking can be learned. There are several strategies that can help improve your communication skills and build a strong network. But how do I learn to network effectively and which networking strategies are most successful? As is often the case, there is no one-size-fits-all answer here. This is because your own network is an individual matter. First you should think about what you need your network for - in other words: define the goal of your network. You can only network effectively if you have a goal. Then select people who will be helpful to achieve your goal. There are basically two groups of people. On the one hand, people who are pursuing goals similar to yours and, on the other hand, people who are already where you want to be. While the first group shares similar experiences, the second group can act as a kind of mentor or role model. Make sure there is a balance of both groups.