Last week I attended an event at a very hip and “happening” Hotel in Bali, the W Resort and Spa. It was held by the most prestigious society and lifestyle magazine in Indonesia, in partnership with a popular international fashion brand. The event, as expected, was full of socialites and therefore, created a different aura than what I am used to.
I was quickly disgusted by how pretentious everyone looked, from how they talk to each other, to how they dress, and carry themselves. I value genuinity above all else, so I wanted to leave the event as soon as possible.
Networking, at its very core, is where people can meet and extend their circle of friends. However, I have seen a shift in networking events where people now often go to look for potential career opportunities. I don’t blame them though because the popular saying do say “who you know, is more important than what you know”. I, too, must admit that I have gone to a few of them for this particular reason.
So I’m curious, why do you go to networking events? What type and how often?