Is that Networking Event Worth Your Time…or a Waste of It?

February 2, 2017

Career Advice

4464205726_662b4d3ce2_zNetworking events can be hit or miss. You know it’s good for your career, but sometimes you walk away from an event feeling uninspired and unimpressed. Other times, you make a really great connection, learn something new, or discover a fantastic opportunity. So how do you know whether this upcoming networking event is worth your time?

Forbes published a great article recently called, How to Decide if a Networking Opportunity is Worthwhile or a Waste of Time by Avery Blank. She outlines a 3-question process that will help you make a better choice as to whether or not you should attend. Here’s a brief summary:

  1. Who’s going?
  2. Will there actually be time to network?
  3. Does attending this event make you nervous?

When it comes to networking, the guests and speakers can be a great indicator as to how the event will go for you. If you’re not excited to meet these people, why would you attend? Secondly, if there’s not specific time to network, you’ll have to go out of your way to strike up a conversation before or after the event. Are you likely to do that?

Lastly, networking should make you nervous. Surprised, huh? It’s all about broadening your network with people who aren’t just like you — for example, people who have more advanced careers than you or who are come from different backgrounds. For more information about this process, read the full article over at Forbes.

Image via Quinn Dombrowski/Flickr.

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