Networking Lessons From Unexpected Places written by Margaret Molloy for Forbes provides key behaviors of three professions—journalist, philanthropist, and athlete—and applies them to successful and meaningful networking.
Here's a quick overview of what you can apply from the different fields:
Journalist: Actively listen, uncover stories, and cultivate diverse contacts.
Philanthropist: Be aware of needs, align passions, and maintain long-term relationships.
Athlete: Set goals, be consistent, and find a coach/mentor.