No matter what industry you choose to work in, the relationships you make will likely be vital not only to professional success but also to your enjoyment of the job. While the strongest relationships are formed over months and years working side by side with someone, networking provides opportunities to expand your professional circle beyond immediate colleagues. Unfortunately, many people, especially introverts, shy away from networking events and do themselves a disservice. Try out these three networking tips to make the most of each event.
The Right Mindset
As with most things in life, starting with a negative mindset becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. No matter how many networking tips you gather, if you go into an event convinced that it's going to be awful, you'll probably prove yourself right. Try going into the event with some concrete, attainable goals (meet three people, tell a story, etc.). It also helps to not go in 'cold' but to warm up your socializing by chatting with office mates after work or even calling a friend to shoot the breeze right before attending an event.