As an introvert, the amount of energy it takes for me attend and sometimes lead networking events is akin to running a marathon.  

But a few years ago, when I became the leader of the our office in London,  I realised that networking was to be a vital part of my job and that I had better learn to love it or I was going to have a very rough ride. 

These days I typically go out two or three nights per week at different industry and network events and whereas I used to view it as work with a capital "W."   

I now try to see these events as opportunities to learn and to potentially grow our business. They may still take everything I have energy wise, but by focusing on my higher goals I'm finally learning to love networking.