While some people seem to be natural networkers, many of us aren’t! Most of us know the benefits of networking: it broadens your range of contacts, you learn more about your or other industries. As a by-product, it can be great for sparking new ideas.

The good news is that networking is a skill that can be learned. Here are some tips and tactics you can use to make your networking easier and fun!

Networking events vary hugely, from those specifically designed for meeting people, to speaking or training events for your industry where networking opportunities are interspersed. The way you approach these different events may vary, but here are some foundational skills which will be useful in most networking situations.

1. Why are you attending?

Be clear about why you’re going to the networking event. You may have multiple reasons to go – but what is your primary reason for this event?

For example, is it to: