On 6/28, the Greater Boston ASTD chapter held a networking social to celebrate the end of a successful year. Around 50 people showed up at Margarita's in Waltham looking for jobs, people to fill jobs, new clients or just a chance to talk to fellow training professionals.
There was a lot of energy as people pulled themselves out of corners to connect with like-minded folks and most people came away with pockets fulls of business cards! (and not just their own)
Networking is the most reliable way to get your name and face and business card out there. The next morning, I had several follow up emails and potential connections. A little bit of effort creates so much cross-pollination and potential for achieving your goals. It's work but it always pays off!