How to approach a very big meeting or conference

I’m lucky to be traveling to a big work meet-up (aka company offsite) next week, however, it’s easy for me to be unfocused at large events like this. Too many people and too many choices. I tend to come away not knowing what I got out of it. This time around, I’m going to try to focus on one goal.

Opportunities in life come through people. Who do you need to connect with to gain access to the opportunities you want?

This one came from James Clear’s last 3-2-1 newsletter, and pairs neatly with the following from Kevin Kelly’s Excellent Advice for Living:

“Every person you meet knows an amazing lot about something you know virtually nothing about. It won’t be obvious and your job is to discover what it is.”

“The more you are interested in others the more interesting they’ll find you. To be interesting, be interested.”

“Everyone is shy. Other people are waiting for you to introduce yourself to them; they are waiting for you to send them an email; they are waiting for you to ask them on a date. Go ahead.”

“Ignore what others may be thinking of you because they aren’t thinking of you.”

“Take the stairs.”

So here we go. I’m going to try to make the most of the meetup. My goal is to connect with a few select people. If I do that, anything else is a bonus.

Oh, and I’m definitely going to take the stairs.

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