It really can be like high school all over again. If you were awkward at starting conversations then I’m pretty sure you’re going to revert emotionally to that same moment now walking into a networking event. I’ve been to some where some people literally just threw business cards at one another and disbanded after a drink — others where I’ve met some pretty awesome people. It’s just the luck of the draw I guess. But I seem to suck at it a little too as I’m more of a social introvert who seems to have a better time conveying what I’m thinking in writing more so than in person.