Is it the quality of the attendees or the quality of the snacks? Is it time of day or the amount of time allocated to networking?
I confess that networking events are not my favorite way to pass a few hours in the evening. In fact, I usually need to be dragged to them. But the fact is they seem to be inevitable and they are everywhere. Where I live in Greenville, SC, I think it would be possible to be at a networking event of some kind every single day.
But does that time spent have value? I'd like to know what everyone thinks on a couple of questions
- What are the components of a good networking event and, by extension, what things are bad?
- Do you go to networking events because you feel you have to or because you feel they really are valuable?
- What is your professional goal at these events? And how often do you feel you attainn it.
Please add your comments, experiences and ideas for better networking!