People who are on the fringes of your network can actually be more valuable to you than those closer to you. Those on the fringes - referred to by academics as ‘loose networks’ - can bring fresh ideas and plug you into more marketplaces. 

‘Loose network’ builders push boundaries in their networking just as they do in their business. Its real power comes from meeting people outside your sector, outside your geography, outside your seniority, and outside your income bracket. That way, when an opportunity arises – no matter how left-field – you’ll be equipped to tap into your network.