From Stand Out:
Do you have enough people in your professional life who really know you? The bias in most discussions about networking is toward meeting more people, going to more cocktail parties, and trading more business cards. But sometimes depth can be as important, if not more so, than breadth.
I hate networking. Those business card trading meetings suck. I do like walks on the river with someone to get to know them. I do enjoy coffee and a long talk about whatever comes up.
That is where I focus my time. Less people, more depth.