Hunt & Gather
Be the person you want to work with.
Sometimes it matters more what you say "no" to than what you say "yes" to.
When you do collaborate, show recognition and gratitude.
Clearly, I'm not a shy person but, when it comes to networking, honestly I could like lay in bed and agonize over it. I don't want to do it. It feels really icky to me. But I think that's because maybe we should be thinking of it more as collaboration. Going into these experiences thinking "how can we work together?" "How can we make the whole better for both of us?" It just has a different connotation.
It's important to envision the end goal. You can't help others meet their goals unless you have yours clearly defined first.