Getting Motivated to Attend Networking Events
Networking needs to always be part of your professional life–even and especially when you are not looking for a job. The sad thing is that most people wait until they need a network to start networking seriously. Networks work most effectively when the individuals know you and your work and can make a well-considered connection or recommendation.
It can be hard to get motivated to start attending events and they can feel daunting. Here are a couple things to keep in mind so that you don’t even think twice about making to that next important networking event.
- People go to networking events to meet other people. You shouldn’t be concerned about being spurned or turned away. Networking events are places where most people there want to meet you.
- Most people will want to chat you up and not hear a pitch. Many people get caught up with the idea that their pitch has to be perfect before going to a networking event. The usual engagement is a conversation where you get to know each other.
- People go to network with people at all levels. Some people are worried that they don’t have enough experience to network. Even experienced professional go to network with entry-level, mid-level, and advanced professionals. People who attend these events are often interested in all the possibilities of networking — mentoring, making connections, etc.
So, be social, get out there, start meeting people and adding to your professional community.