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How to Find Networking Events
« on: June 16, 2019, 10:47:39 AM »
How to Find Networking Events Worth Going To

5 Ways to Find Networking Events
1. Talk to Friends and Colleagues

Never underestimate the power of word of mouth! Colleagues will often know industry-focused networking events. Friends who do not work in your industry can share how they find events. (And, even attending out-of-industry events can lead to meeting interesting people.)

Ask co-workers and friends about any professional events they’re planning to attend or ones they've enjoyed in the past — this can include breakfast discussions or networking events, happy hour events, conferences, roundtables, lectures and discussions, classes, and so much more. Your mentors are a good source for recommendations, too.

2. Browse Networking Sites

Thanks to the internet, there are tons of ways to find events, conferences, and specifically networking-focused events, all categorized by geographic location.

Two of the most popular and well-known sites include:

Meetup — Explore free and low-cost in-person meet-ups in your industry, whether it’s beauty, tech, photography, or something else. There’s also a category for “career and business events” with a wide variety of career-focused groups that meet regularly.
Eventbrite — This event-based site has listing pages for free and paid events. You’ll find fairs, festivals, discussions, conferences, classes, and much more.
3. Check Social Media and Your Inbox

Do you follow industry organizations on social media (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram) and subscribe to newsletters? Many organizations put on annual or even more frequent events.

If you’re involved in media, publishing, or public relations, for instance, you’ll want to follow MediaBistro and Muckrack on social media and subscribe to their newsletters, since both organizations frequently host networking events, conferences, and host classes.

Look for the organizations in your industry and follow them on social media and through newsletters. If you're not sure which organizations are big, ask colleagues, post on LinkedIn, or do a quick online search.

4. Alumni and Affinity Organizations

Your college or graduate school can also be a rich source of events — they may host holiday parties which are an ideal place to make your elevator pitch and share a business card. Colleges and universities also frequently host events and conversations which are also a great place to meet people.

Affinity groups form around interests, goals, and sometimes identity. Some organizations, for instance, have affinity groups for LGBTQ+ people, or for women, or for people with disabilities, etc. You can join a group at your office, or seek out one outside of your company. For instance, DamesBond is a woman-focused networking organization, while Out Professionals is a membership-driven organization that has job listings, networking events, professional development, and more services for members.

5. Local Organizations

For more places to find networking events, think local: your library or religious institution may host events. You may also find events open to all at community organizations, co-working spaces, and through your local chamber of commerce.