What is your goal for each networking event and how will you make that happen? Make your goal achievable, and maybe you can have more than one.

If your goal is to meet as many people as possible, you’ll have to do some fast talking and make your way around the room. Bring a friend to the event and divide and conquer.

If your goal is to talk to a specific person, you may have to wait around until that person arrives. If you know one of their colleagues, start asking questions.

If your goal is to gather leads, have your smartphone ready and connect with people on social media.

Make your goal achievable, and take steps to make it happen.