Networking events are an excellent way to meet new people and form meaningful contacts. However, simply attending and handing out a few business cards usually does not provide a good return on investment for your time. Here are a few tips on how to make new connections at networking events.

Decide on your goals – Knowing your goals will help you determine who you want to approach and make a networking connection. For example, if you are looking for a job in the healthcare industry, then it may be beneficial to network with healthcare recruiters or employees.

Decide on who you want to meet – Try to find one person in your industry, ask them if they know anyone else in attendance that you can connect with.