Once you have selected an event to attend, be prepared to work the room. Learn how to initiate conversations, which can include asking the host for some introductions, being approachable, and learning to hunt for opportunities in the room. Also, be prepared to handle a lull in the conversation, which can be a good time to tell a store, ask a question, or perhaps to exit the conversation. And, be prepared to make a graceful exit. You can agree to follow-up, make an introduction, get a drink refill, take a break, or just “let” them meet more people.