Last week, I was talking with a friend of mine who was concerned about the amount of time it takes to attend events. She was certain that attending events was good for networking, but in her current job, she was just too tired to go out and mix it up. In looking at the dilemma, I realized that one of the best ways to save time in those scenarios is to turn the situation around.
Don't run around to a bunch of parties.
Throw your own.
Here are some reasons being a host can be a great alternative to the 5 event a week cycle:
1. You are in control. You can choose who attends and you will not feel uncomfortable because it's your gathering.
2. You save time. If you plan a small gathering, it can be put together in a matter of days and you can usually get a decent turn out. You also are not traveling nearly as much.
3. You can make strategic connections. If you are the one hosting, you can facilitate more introductions, set up the space in specific ways, and do more to make good matches.
So the next time you are feeling a bit bogged down with attending events, try taking some of that time to plan your own. You may be surprised at what it does.