If you want to expand your network, skip the traditional events and create a setting where you can interact with people looking to achieve the same things you are.
One way to do this is by hosting your own get-together with people you already know, and ask them each to bring a friend. This will give you control over the attendees, the setting, and the outcome. Start by asking yourself if any of your connections have similar passions. The key is to create a shared experience for you and your guests. Although business might come up in conversation, try to avoid getting stuck in “networking mode.” You want people to get to know one another in a genuine way.
Ideally, you’ll end up with some new connections and everyone will have had a nice night out — thanks to you.
Make it a great day!