PARTICIPATE IN CONFERENCES AND PANELS. I really like to spend time working â€” whether itâ€™s at home or in the office. And while I love to travel, I donâ€™t like being away from the office during the week. But I will make the exception for the right speaking engagement. Panels have been a great way for me to make new friends and expand my professional network. Iâ€™ve met some of my best friends on panels, and it makes sense. The best organizers work to place people with synergies on panels together. If you can have an hour conversation together on a stage, you probably will want to spend more time getting to know those people.