After reading an email about making the bigger events more productive in networking. I Just thought I would share some thoughts.
I think that many people have unrealistic expectations of these events. Perhaps some are looking for a job or to meet friends it is difficult as there a lot of people and really these things just take time. Many people I talk say that the event can have a lot of people in cliques. I usually advise people to come early and that's when you are more likely to meet more people. As people are more open to talk to new people. I also advise people to join the smaller events as that's when you make links and then cement them at the bigger events. It is not a structured networking even but more soft networking drinks gathering. Anyway that is my thinking.