Networking Events are completely underutilized! I cannot tell you how many times I have tried to tell people Networking and Networking events are NOT ONLY for the unemployed. There are few people in this world that didn’t get to something they wanted without the help or knowledge of another person.
When you attend a Networking Event you never know who you will meet. And you never know how you might be able to help them or they might be able to help you! And the help I am referring to does not just have to be about a “need” you have today.
Create connection because you have no idea what you might need in the future!
For example at an event you meet “Joe” and through small talk you find out Joe is unemployed and looking for a new opportunity, but you might not have the right opportunity for him right now, but you also find out that he is making money working at his brother’s shop fixing and towing cars. Low and behold a couple of months down the line you need service and remember Joe and give a call, while there you are talking to his brother and find out his wife is a Project Manager looking for a new BA.
Stories like this actually happen every single day. Now you didn’t meet the PM at the event, and you couldn’t necessarily help the brother-in-law but showing up to the event and networking brought you to this business.
I honestly feel that you should make an effort to go to several events a month because you never know who you will meet and how you may be able to help each other out one day in the future!
Now I understand some of us are more shy than others. And that may be the reason you don’t like Networking events. I promise you if you can force yourself to go, there WILL BE someone who approaches you to talk. And with each conversation you will feel more comfortable and before you know it, it will be time to go home with a pocket full of new connections!