I attend several networking functions a month. And I am struck by the aimless nature of most people on hand. Which got me to thinking about the 5 tips to consider before you arrive. Old school networking is transactional, as in “what can you do for me?” New school networking is all about helping someone else. Building trusted relationships is the key, not collecting 25 business cards.
Tip #1 What’s your plan? Are you there to find a job? Eat the free food? Make new friends? Decide why you are attending. Be clear and have a goal. For example, I want to meet 3 potential new clients for my services.