Don’t just stand there, start mingling. If you’re nervous, it’s okay – you don’t even have to talk about yourself – just start asking questions. “Are you enjoying the event?” ” Have you met some interesting people tonight?” What kind of work do you do?”
Once you’ve established a connection, ask for a business card. And be sure to offer one of your own. When you feel like you’ve gotten what you need, simply say it was nice to meet that person and keep on moving.
In networking, practice makes perfect.