Maybe you feel confident tweaking your LinkedIn profile, but your palms sweat when you think about building connections face to face. With a little advance planning and positive thinking, you can be just as poised at networking events as you are behind your computer screen....

As much as you may like your coworkers, advancing your career usually depends on your ability to earn recognition outside the office. Your next job offer or major client is likely to come from someone who doesn't work by your side each day. Regardless of...