Use Social Media
You may already be using Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, et al.
You can use any of these channels to let people know who you are. It is important to remember that you project/protect your “brand.” Potential employers may look for you on any of these. Pictures of you with a beer bong (or any type of bong – see Michael Phelps’s adventure) could be career limiting.
Join Interest Groups
There are tons of interest groups you can join. Meetup.com is a good place to look. LinkedIn has groups you can join. Once you attend meetings or join online groups, you can meet so many people. Just remember to contribute constructively to the conversations and meetings. Put your best foot forward.
Become a Thought Leader
You can establish yourself as somebody in the know on your favorite topics. Writing and speaking are very good ways. Publish items on LinkedIn and send announcement through your other social media. Volunteer to speak at an interest group meeting. I joined Toastmasters to get more speaking experience.
Help some organization you value. Working with others on something you love is rewarding. As people get to know you and hear your story, they will want to help you. Just remember, that is not the reason for your participation. Giving selflessly has a way of shining your karma. The wheel will turn in your favor.
What is your passion? What would you like to learn about? What would you do for free? What would you do if you won the lottery? Art, nature, music, and reading, reading, reading – those are things I turn to.
There are many exciting speakers. See them live, see them on YouTube, watch TED talks. We are fortunate to live in a time with so many avenues to feed our passions.