A useful, regular networking event is likely to cost you both an admission fee to each event and a membership fee to belong to the organisation. Here are some questions to ask yourself and the organisers of any events you find.
1 How well is it organised?
This article [how to run an event] explains what a good networking event looks like. So, when you find an event, it’s worth asking the organiser about any omissions from this list.
2 How can I help the people who attend the event? Am I prepared to do that?
This may appear counterintuitive—and may be too much for some people to stomach—but, in truth, you cannot expect anyone to do anything that you’re not prepared to do yourself. If you wait until someone else has helped you before you help them, you may be waiting a long time.