You're Networking Wrong
"There's a quality that all successful people have—they ask for help." —Bob Beaudine
When you sign up for some random networking event, then you are just turning towards anybody for help (and this is an especially bad strategy if you are a shy introvert).
Anybody doesn't care about your goals.
Anybody doesn't care about you as a person.
Anybody isn't emotionally invested in you.
What you want to use is your existing network of people who are close to you. Find a somebody who cares about you.
Somebody wants you to succeed.
Somebody wants to see your vision come true.
Somebody is emotionally attached to you.
Let that somebody know what your hopes and dreams are. Don't assume they can read your mind.
And if that somebody can't help you out, often they can introduce you to someone who can, which is a thousand times better than cold approaching that person at a networking event.
Always turn to someone close to you for help and advice, even when it comes to building your network.
P.S. Make sure to check out Bob Beaudine's book, The Power of Who: You Already Know Everyone You Need to Know