Malcolm Gladwell’s Tipping Point outlined a type of person really important in networking: the Mavens. They know who knows what.
You need to know a maven. They need to know what you know.
My friend Lynn is a maven. She has a part-time role in several universities. She knows experts from everywhere. But she also know what everyone knows. If you need to know something, you call Lynn, and she knows someone who knows someone who knows.
You already know a maven. Maybe you are one!