Like most things, networking events get easier with practice. However, that’s hardly useful advice when you’ve never been to a networking even before. And though it may take some time for you to get used to networking, that doesn’t mean you can’t hit the ground running.
Here are 6 keys to making the most out of your first networking event.
1. Know why you’re there
Many people find aimlessly wandering around networking events wondering, “What am I even doing here?” In truth, this is actually a good question – but one best asked and answered well before the event begins.
When you decide to attend a networking event, set realistically obtainable goals for yourself in advance. In this case, “get a new job” is not a realistically obtainable goal – there are too many factors that are out of your control. A better goal would be to introduce yourself to 5 new people.