It’s who you know and have built relationships with more than anything else that gets you where you are and where you want to be. Expanding that base in a meaningful way is not easy. No, it is not enough just to have 1000+ connections on LinkedIn. In comes the Networking Event.
I hate them, love them, hate them, love them… Some people excel at them. I do not. There have been times when I could muster being “on” and then they were fun. Most often it is a struggle just to convince myself to sign-up, muchless go.
Here are the four things I ask myself to gage if it’ll be worth the effort:
- On a scale of 1-10 how influential will the other guests be to my:
If it’s 4 or higher, start planning your outfit. Even if there is a 40% chance you might meet someone who says something that inspires you it’s worth giving it a try.
- Is the host a friend/contact/work associate?
If yes.. You are going for sure.
- Were you invited directly?
Not by a mass email promotion, but did someone say, “Hey Aryn, come to my event.”?
Always go where you are invited. It’s a good policy that will reap huge benefits.
- Is it in a venue or neighborhood that interests you?
Being in the events business, I like to see and experience different venues and neighborhoods. I use the event as an excuse to scout.
Meet-Ups, professional associations and schools all offer opportunities to connect with new people. They all require time, effort and sometimes money. Both time and effort are extremely valuable, they are your most precious asset. Choosing which event or gathering to go to can be as stressful as walking in that room of strangers. Take my list above and add your personal touch and use it as a guide. Sometimes a quick supportive nudge from your friend or partner helps too.
Bottom Line: Pick your networking wisely and try to have fun!
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