They say 'it's all about who you know.' I do think that contacts can make a difference in your career. As much as I consider myself a pretty well-grounded professional, I've never been too passionate about networking events.
I got to meet my most valuable professional contacts -who, by the way, have become friends or even close friends- in job interviews, business meetings, former jobs, casual/random encounters or by common friends.
They also say that 'practice makes perfect.' Maybe it's just a matter of just attending to those events and proof to myself that I can do it.
How about you, guys? Are you good at networking? Where did you get to meet your 'most valuable' professional contacts?