Any networking event and every networking experience can and should be a positive and productive one, both personally and professionally. Here are three simple steps for ensuring that
(1) Focus On Giving: While “getting” is why you network, you will find that giving to others is the best way to achieve that.
(2) Know & Be Known: As people prefer to associate with those they know, like & trust, take the time to get to know and be known by those you encounter.
(3) Get Involved: Do not just hang out in your network – get involved. Attend functions. Socialize. Volunteer time. Meet and greet people. These things will raise your level of exposure.
Remember that your success in networking is not simply a function of knowing people. Rather it is a function of what you do with the people you know.