But that doesn't necessarily mean an ultra upscale location where you meet the movers and shakers. It means where you can present yourself easily as a relaxed, confident, and successful professional.
For example, on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, I didn't gain any insight into business or get any referrals. When I walked my two animal companions Molly Mittens and Nicole around the neighborhood and the East River, we were ignored. There was no field of force created seducing others to buddy-up with us. It was obvious I didn't belong.
On the other hand, here on the North Side of Tucson, Arizona, rescue dog Lee and I keep getting stopped.
Snowbirds from the Northeast and I talk about the bike niche which is exploding in growth.
Millennials who used to drive pizza trucks and pick up Uber fares elsewhere have gotten solid middle-class jobs in corrections. That's how I found out inmates are being transported here from as far away as Hawaii.
A real estate developer needed some marketing materials. He tried me out. Now he is sort of my brand ambassador.
In order for the leash to be the way to opportunity we have to be open. No, we can't meander the roads (no sidewalks in this part of Tucson) preoccupied with a work assignment. We make eye contact. We initiate conversations about the breed of others' dogs. We compliment the color scheme of their houses.
Another amazing networking venue is the store for our four-footers' supplies. Yesterday at PetSmart it took Lee and I about 90 minutes to get from the dog-food aisle to check-out. Lee met new friends. I picked up business cards.