There are great resources available to give the ability to learn, understand and apply the art of effective networking. Below are some suggestions.
Master of Networking
Building Relationships for your Pocketbook and Soul by Ivan r. Misner, Ph.D and Don Morgan M.A. (great stories from famous people and how they networked to success)
Power of Meeting New People by Debra Fine check out www.possibilitypress.com for sample pdf
Persistence Pays by Lori Raudnask (great tips of how to use and grow your network) www.persistencepays.ca
Check out your local bookstore or library for more great books on the art of effective networking and remember "Get ConnectedMake it Happen!"