The very first step in successful business networking is to believe.
Believe that you have something unique to offer. Believe that you know people who will be useful or helpful to others. Believe that you can get what you want when you are willing to ask for or trade for it.
So, as you prepare for your next networking event, your first step is to believe that it will be a great opportunity to expand your circle of influence! Believe you will come away from the event with contacts, resources and new relationships. That way you will be open to the opportunities as they present themselves.