Decisions, decisions. In our Evolution MPC office, we often receive invitations for networking events in our community. While it’s important to be seen and make connections, the reality is business mixers and other functions can be costly and require time. To be more efficient in determining what invites to accept (and which to decline), the following criteria can be applied:
• Decide the Benefit: It’s never a good idea to simply attend an event for the sake of being there. Before we accept an invite, we need to consider whether we have anything to offer other attendees or if there will be anyone present that is in our best interests to meet.
• Have an Agenda: One of the time-management lessons we impart in our Evolution MPC meetings is to have a focused agenda. This practice applies to networking meetings as well. We should have a plan and a goal that we intend to accomplish by attending a function. Consider time as money. What do we anticipate we can achieve in this period of time and is it worth the investment?
• Apply the Today Test: If we must make an immediate decision, one criterion we’ve used in our Evolution MPC brainstorming sessions is to ask ourselves if the decision was held today, would we make the effort to attend. If the answer is yes, and the other criteria are met, this might be an invite we should accept.
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