Pick Quality Over Quantity: Taking the time to know few people in a small group will have a better outcome than meeting people at large events.
Have a look below, at the two experiences. Which draws you in more?
Most conversations start with saying your name and then asking
“What do you do?”
Initiating a conversation about work is not only generic but disengaging. Even a simple question like “If you didn’t come here, what would you be doing instead?” can spark off a different conversation.
Avoid seeing it as a place to get business, promote self/services.
Instead, see it as an opportunity to learn about people and ways you can offer your help.
Think of the people that you have a good relationship with right now.
Did it take time and effort for it to grow and become valuable? Would you consider these people to be helpful, supportive and encouraging? Would the relationship be the same, if they sought you out for their needs only?
Networking or networking events are not a career “quick fix”. They are opportunities to encounter people, that you otherwise would never meet, offering the potential of having enriching relationships that you otherwise would never have.
So go out there and connect. Meet the right people, for the right reasons. You will see how it opens up a world of infinite possibilities.
Good luck and stay Linkked!