The Key To Your Door and Look Inside
The Key To Your Door and Look Inside

Ever since I’ve known her, my wife has told me that I have a way with people. It’s not just her; throughout my career, people have pointed out to me that I’m good at working with people. With that in mind, networking is something that should come naturally to me; unfortunately, it does not.  

Recently, when I got an email invitation to the PMI-OC February Happy Hour, I wanted to go. As an up-and-coming project manager, I wanted to build my network with people in the profession. I wanted to learn more about project management directly from project managers. Still, I was a little nervous about attending my first networking event.

I wanted to make sure I was ready. I made business cards to give others my contact information easily. I even researched tips online on how to make the most of networking events. Despite being a little nervous, I intended to go and make the best of it.

Roderick Conwi, PMI-OC Content Contributor ready to walk through the door!

The Happy Hour event was held on a Tuesday night at Hangar 24 in Irvine. Appetizers were provided along with free parking. When I got there, there were already many people there chatting with each other. After I checked in, I went to the bar, grabbed a root beer (which is absolutely delicious), and headed back outside to meet other project managers.

It was such a pleasant experience. Everyone I met was totally welcoming and genuinely wanted to hear what I had to say. We talked about our experiences in project management, where we work, and the tools we use in the trade. I made at least 15 new connections that evening.

Most people I met highly encouraged me to attain my PMP certification. We talked about what it takes, the preparation involved, and the opportunities that open up after having it. People were generous with their advice.

Happy Hour Attendees enjoying the evening together.
Happy Hour Attendees enjoying the evening together.

Going to this event helped me expand my professional network, gave me a deeper insight into the field, and gave me a lot of clarity in the direction I want to take in my career. I’m really glad I went.

If you’re interested in participating in a networking event with PMI Orange County, the next event is Wednesday, March 29th, 6-8 pm at Slater’s 50/50 in Huntington Beach. Register for free here.

Content Contributor Roderick Conwi
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