Great networking is about making a real connection with people, giving before seeking to receive, having fun and being open to new ideas. contacts and introductions.
A lot of people feel uncomfortable talking to strangers at networking events.This doesn't need to be the case, opening and closing a conversation with a stranger is a skill that can be learned and is often fun and exciting too!
The good news is, you don't need to pitch your product or services at a networking event. Leave the sales objectives to a later day. There are however techinques to 'test the water' for a possible business deal without being 'salesy'.
Following up professionally and keeping your network alive takes time and tact. There are ways to do this smoothly as a simple routine in your day.
Feel free to get in touch. Happy to answer all your questions.