A lot of people find networking and getting to know people at events quite difficult. It can be a challenge, especially in an event venue where there are hundreds of new faces all around.
My lawyer — yes, my lawyer is a blogger and I met him at a WordCamp — has written a great post outlining how to turn a casual relationship into a real one. In the WordPress world, we have so many online acquaintances, and events are such a great time to get to know people at a deeper level.
Keith’s tips can be translated from the world of law to the world of web quite directly, and I think you’ll really enjoy this post, especially if you struggle with in-person relationship building.