create a mental model of yourself to become easy for anyone to meet
if you have this projection, if you know how to market yourself, you know how to best network with others
fuzzy projections are okay but they're harder to pinpoint.
form this projection (about three pieces of information you'd like someone else to hold about you) - and market towards it.
tell stories -- strong stories. narrow down your own story and use it in conversations with others. tell it on social media. repeat it at length.
know your ask: the most impactful thing they can do to help you. this can be a local or a global goal; how can you best help other people? this makes it easiest for them to help you, gives them an action to reach back to you about, and keeps them from having to ask lots of clarifying questions. reduce the friction between you and them in terms of getting things done as soon as possible.
pre meeting motions: scheduling, give as much information as possible, and be specific and accurate. refer back to the article all the time. do background information all of the time.
write: invite people to write you.
reach out when you see someone you think it woul be interesting to meet
ask people for intros and suggestions for people you should meet. do you know anyone i should meet and can you introduce me to them? do this asap. if you know a mutual, ask them for an introduction!
browse reddit, twitter, etc. frequently with the intention of polling for these values.
a big step is attending those research meetings i can be a part of
traveling anywhere in the us is cheap. do not be afraid to travel to network by any means.