I’ve always considered events to be an important part of working life. You get to meet new people, learn new information and occasionally discover opportunities.
That said, the classic adage – “you get out what you put in” – always applies. You have to attend these events with an open mind and a willingness to engage. If you rock-up and sit alone just checking your phone it’s likely to be a waste of time.
I’m sure I’ll see you at an event soon so be sure to say “Hi!” – I’ll be the one by the drinks 😉