#6. Never enter a conversation at networking event with more than half a drink in your hand. Needing a refill is great excuse to leave.
#8. When you meet someone for the first time, make certain they don't hear you complain. About anything.
#9. The most underrated skill to possess at networking events is ability to end conversations, not start them.
#10. Never "network" to meet people. Network to help people.
Small business owners need to heed these rules for the sake of all of us at the next Chamber of Commerce function.
For more on networking to grow both personally and professionally read my article the 12 Essential Techniques of Power Networkers.