Contacts are the bread and butter of journalism. A journalist's next story or new business opportunity can come about by getting out of your bubble and do some networking.

There is no point moaning about your lack of contacts, all you can do is push yourself out of your comfort zone. But as The Sauce writes on, there are three golden rules to improving your networking skills if you need a hand.

The first tip is the most obvious one: show up. Nothing quite beats a face-to-face conversation as it shows you are approachable and proactive.

"Do not let yourself be pigeon-holed into one way of thinking when you attend a networking event. Be open and you will be surprised by the contacts you gain," The Sauce writes.

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