Here are the steps. Follow them carefully!

  1. Open invitation to networking event
  2. Carefully read all event information so there are no surprises
  3. Check diary for other commitments to properly manage energy
  4. Visualise yourself making small talk
  5. Aghast at the prospect, decide not to go
  6. Toss invitation
  7. Relax and read a book to recover from the ordeal.