Finding Events Worth Attending For Your Business or Career
Since I often get asked how to find high-quality events by most of my clients and at almost every speaking gig I do, I thought I’d share five of my favorite ways to find events where you can network and are worth attending.
- Look for the Events tab on the website of your local or a nearby Chamber of Commerce. They might also be listed as Upcoming Events or Events Calendar.
- Apply a more targeted approach to finding events on Eventbrite. You can just do a search for “eventbrite toronto engineering” Here are two examples: 1) https://www.eventbrite.com/d/ca–san-francisco/event-engineering/ 2) https://www.eventbrite.com/d/canada–toronto/engineering-networking/
- Do a search on a group or association you know of and add a location: “witi san francisco” You’ll end up with a result that looks like this: https://www.witi.com/networks/sanfrancisco/ or “”AMA events Chicago” https://amachicago.org/upcoming-events-at-a-glance/
- Look at the Events tab on your own city’s Biz Journal website or app: https://www.bizjournals.com/
- Meetup is used to organize online groups that host in-person events for people with similar interests…be they professional or personal. It’s a great place to find events hosted by groups of all types. You can even start your own group and then host your own networking event(s) focused on the industry or issue or hobby you care about. Click here to see a fairly active one.
Remember, you’re the only one that can determine whether an event is really worth your time or not so do your homework before you buy a ticket or make plans to attend. And always use caution by doing a search on the organizers or group before you even consider attending an event. This most definitely applies to events you find on public sites like Meetup, Facebook or Craigslist.
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