Eat before you go
A lot of networking events include meals and there is a temptation to view this as a major benefit of the event. But we need to remember our purpose for attending the event. Meeting those key future prospects should rank higher than eating those runny eggs.
It is also difficult to have any meaningful conversation with a mouth full of bacon.
Empty stomachs can growl and also cause bad breath.
You will meet more people standing next to the buffet than you will eating it.
So next time you are attending an important networking event, grab a snack before you go. Then when you arrive you can get down to business.