Where To Network?
Does the thought of such an event make you nervous? Concerned about your techn00b status or your idiosyncrasies that might make you unfit for re-invite? Here are five things you should definitely not do at your first networking dinner.
Over the last two years, Sujan Patel connected with more than 500 people by throwing 40+ dinners, spending close to $50,000 in the process. Even today, he still spends almost $2,000 a month hosting dinners, and is happy to report that doing so has had a huge impact on both his professional network and comfort level talking to new people.
Every event has three basic zones: the Start Zone, the Social Zone and the Side Zone. Many of us follow the same paths through these zones over and over again without even realizing it. The most successful connectors play the zones in a specific way — and you can, too