By Abdul Rawuf
Dear Badr, I find that networking events are more status events. I go to a lot of events but at the end of the day it’s all about showing me their current status and not sharing how they’ve got to where they are now which is crucial for a young entrepreneur. How do you turn an event of 100 people into a constructive meeting where entrepreneurs can get valuable feedback? Best,\nAssia
It’s unfortunate you feel that way about the events you have attended; I don’t believe that has to be the case.
There may always be people with that attitude at networking events, however, you’re also bound to find people willing to listen and provide constructive, honest and selfless advice, especially if you pick the right events to attend. For example, the Mix and Mentor event that Wamda hosts allows you to sit with mentors and learn from their experience by sharing your challenges and discussing solutions. The Impact Hub in Dubai also hosts similar events.
Just be sure to target the right events where you’re likely to find self-made entrepreneurs who have been in the same situation you’re currently in.