Hi. I’m Connie. As a serial “Grandmapreneur®”, I speak to retirees or soon-to-be retirees on the benefits of pursuing entrepreneurship in Retirement. This blog post will help you know more about networking for senior professionals, which you will need as you consider starting a business.

How to Network the Right Way

Networking has always been crucial in business. Irrespective of age, everyone can create and nurture business relationships. 

While the tools and techniques may change, the essence of networking— building trust, finding shared interests, and fostering reciprocal relationships— remains the same. Networking also allows us to share knowledge and contacts we’ve accumulated over the years.

Here are some suggestions for seniors who want to leverage their network:

1. Dive into the digital age.

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Websites like LinkedIn, Twitter, and even Facebook have become arenas for business networking. It’s more than just keeping in touch. It’s also about engaging in industry discussions, sharing insights, and joining groups that align with your professional interests.

The digital age also brings the world to your living room. Engage in online events and webinars. They not only remove the limitation of location but also offer a platform to interact, raise queries, and establish a rapport with fellow attendees and guest speakers.

2. Capitalize on your years of knowledge and experience. 

There’s a budding professional out there looking for the guidance only you can provide. By mentoring, you not only pass on your invaluable knowledge but also get to view your industry through fresh eyes, thanks to the insights of the younger generation.

3. Reconnect with old contacts.

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Rekindle old business relationships. An old colleague or business partner can help lead you to new opportunities or connections.

Universities also often have alumni networking events. Attend these to connect with both old classmates and newer graduates.

4. Participate in community events.

Local community events, chambers of commerce meetings, and workshops are excellent places to meet potential business contacts. Being physically present at local events also allows for more organic and genuine connections.

5. Join professional organizations.

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Many professions have dedicated associations or organizations. These often host events, workshops, and conferences, which are prime networking opportunities.

6. Collaborate on projects.

Consider collaborating with others on projects or initiatives. Working together can naturally expand your network and open doors to other professionals.

7. Stay updated with current trends.

Staying updated keeps conversations relevant. Read industry news, join online forums, listen to podcasts, and participate in workshops to keep your knowledge fresh.

8. Establish a personal brand.

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Consider starting a blog, podcast, or video channel. Share your expertise and insights. This showcases your experience and attracts networking opportunities.


When we talk about networking, age becomes an irrelevant factor. It’s the combination of years of valuable experience and the zest to improve that sets senior professionals apart. 

So, what are you waiting for? Use the tips and tricks I mentioned above and start leveraging your network.

Disclaimer: The material and information contained in this article are for general information purposes only. You should check with a financial advisor before making any business, legal, or other decisions.

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As a serial “Grandmapreneur®”, Inukai speaks to retirees or soon-to-be retirees on the benefits of pursuing entrepreneurship in retirement.

Retired from teaching Technical Writing at the University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins University for four decades, Connie Inukai became an award-winning inventor at the age of 68.

Author of "How I got My Product on QVC, The Today Show, The View, and More...In Retirement", she helps others generate free publicity for their products.

She is the creator of Write Your Selfie®, where she inspires people to write their life stories in a fun and easy-to-read format.

Featured in Entrepreneur magazine, “6 Reasons to Pursue Entrepreneurship in Retirement,” Connie encourages Baby Boomers to have an active retirement through business or social entrepreneurship.

Passion has No Expiration Date!

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