As we all know,networking can be pretty exciting but we tend to lose focus on the real world and the varieties of individuals it presents. I would like to know how can one discern the people they are networking with? How can one know who's good, bad and ugly?
I try and go to 1 networking event a week, my advice is to ask open but poignant questions like, "how did you hear about this event" if the answer is something like "Im new in town and just googled something" this person is probably not there for the same work-related reason you are (although this doesnt necessarily count them out!) Another example may be something like "what do you do?" or "do you like your current role" these questions are harmless enough that a person will feel comfortable answering, but also telling enough that you should be able to discern if you feel like this is the right contact for you. Regardless, you should try to keep a good working relationship with everyone whom you meet 1) because its the right thing to do 2) you might not need that persons help right now, but you might need it at a later time, and vice versa-- doing someone else a favor is also a great way to connect.
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