Personal branding is a strategic tool to network. Become good at e.g. pitching, 12-slide pith, the elevator speech and business cards.
Improve your skills in e.g. body language, events, trade fairs, networking types, network storyboard and personal meetings.
Its easy to build online networks. The tricky part is how to turn the networks into business. Here you can find out how to achieve that.
Why limit yourself to local networking when in fact you can span the entire globe? An international network is the key to succes.