Explain how "I'm Forrest, Forrest Gump" is a networking technique.

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

If we were to make the argument that networking involves the ability to build relationships, then Forrest Gump's introduction can be seen as a networking technique.  Forrest always introduces himself as "I'm Forrest, Forrest Gump." This is a way in which relationships are built and Forrest is able to connect with other people.  In being able to establish his "brand" so instantly in the relationship, Forrest Gump demonstrates a type of networking technique. He is able to ensure that others remember who he is and recognize the product he is selling, namely his identity. Forrest's introduction represents a form of networking because he is able to establish a rapport with others. When he introduces himself to either people he encounters in his life or individuals who end up learning about his story, Forrest is networking with his introduction. He networks by cultivating a relationship with another source, which is the essence of networking.  

In being able to clearly establish his name with another and ensuring that his name is "out there," Forrest Gump establishes a form of networking in his greetings.  It is more than a customary introduction.  Rather, it is a way in which he is able to identify his brand and ensure that others do, as well.  In cultivating this relationship, Forrest demonstrates tenets of networking and "getting his name out there."