1. The importance of networking
The importance of meeting new people is well understood by most people who are in the business of making new friends. However, many people don’t know how to do it. To meet new people and make new friends, you have to do the following:
1) – Meet with other people – It takes time to build relationships and make friends.
2) – Be outgoing and friendly – People like you when you’re outgoing, friendly, and talkative.
3) – Join groups or clubs – Join groups or clubs where there are lots of others like you so that you can be part of a group of friends.
4) – Take part in social events such as parties or weddings – Events are good places to meet other people.
5) – Attend events with other like minded individuals (i.e., events where there’s a lot of food, booze and music).
2. What events to attend
One of the best ways to meet new people is at large events. For example, the SXSW Conference runs for two full days every year in Austin, TX. It’s a major music festival and brings thousands of rock bands (and their fans) together with other programmers and developers from all over the world.
3. How to meet people at events
Attend large events, such as concerts, conferences and other large gatherings. There are so many people in attendance and the probability of meeting somebody new is high.
I’ve put together a list of the best resources for meeting new people. Here they are:
* Meetings with the purpose of increasing your knowledge, mastery, and influence. They are the best way to meet new people to exchange information and gain connections.
* Direct networking events (like networking gatherings or dinners) that are hosted by specific companies or organizations. These events can be very good for meeting people at different levels (e.g., management, senior leadership) and also for generating referrals to yourself from other attendees.
* Meetings with the purpose of acquiring new skills or getting feedback on your current ones. These events often include multiple tracks to allow you to focus on developing skills that interest you in a specific area (e.g., product development, UX, marketing). They are quite good for building skills in areas that you may need later on—for example, when you have a job offer but aren’t sure if you should accept it right away or not (e.g., if you are currently an engineer but want to become a designer).
* In-person seminars where you attend as a group and receive training from experts in their fields at no cost.