Don't go to an event that has the word "Networking" in the title.
At those types of events, I ended up
- Getting pitched pyramid schemes
- Resume writers telling me how they could help get me a better job
- Getting pitched Nets tickets at an outrageous price. The Nets were doing awful back then.
Pyramid schemers, resume writers and 2010 Nets Ticket Sales People target their potential customers based on who is most likely to listen to them.
These scam artists target their pitching to networking beginners.
Stalk the Host
Here’s another clue on how to tell whether a networking event is a legit event.
Check the event host's linked in profile. If it shouts success then the event will be successful
but if the biggest accomplishment is Founder of the event
then the event will consequently be a failure.
Idiots attract other idiots, and winners attract other winners. You want to go to networking events hosted by winners.
And ones hosted by losers: http://www.meetup.com/The NYC Business Networking Group, New York Business Professionals & Entrepreneurs Meetup.
This one’s kind of in the middle: NYEBN.
So when is a networking event good?
When there’s a purpose for winners to be there.
- Are Start Ups demoing their Apps?
- Is there an industry specific seminar going on?
- Is there a quick 2 hour lecture on everything regarding a Financial Plan or on how to quickly make your own PHP Authentication System from scratch?
For these kinds of events, you want to come really early and stay late, because that’s when the networking happens.
I’ve met some really amazing and incredible people at networking events
And I’ve also met jerks trying to take advantage of networking beginners like I was at one point.
So Remember, scrutinize an event's title and agenda, check out the event organizer's linked in profile and if it all pans out, then come really early!