In a post about getting attention, Nathan Burke, MarketingStartups.com, reminds readers of the benefits to startup entrepreneurs of getting away from computers and attending networking events:

Go to events! Another easy one. Go to tweetups, conferences, podcamps, etc. You’ll meet people, you’ll get to talk about your startup, and you’ll get the chance to hone your message each time you meet someone new.

With all the ways we network online, much of it deals with arranging face-to-face networking.

Even online networking graduates into face-to-face meetings.  Nurturing business contacts requires face-time, handshakes and doing things together.  In fact, if you only meet a person once… chances are they will not be a productive contact.  Caring and sharing is still at the heart of any relationship.