The SN Tip of the week is reach out to the organizer of the event. Whether you do this before or after attending the function, connecting with the organizer can be very beneficial. You can gain insight on what types of people are attending or how many people are attending. You can also follow up afterwards to request to be on a mailing list or be notified of similar events from the organization of their affiliates and partners.
Chi Chi Okezie blogs as the Champion Networker, giving her keen insights on proper networking practices.