You’ll find networking a lot easier if you take the work out of networking.
You make it a chore when your primary goal is making contacts. Make your goal expanding your thinking and getting new ideas for your business and maybe making some lifelong friends in the process.
Just this shift in emphasis can make a big difference. You’ll be much more successful in networking if your motive is curiosity and getting to know a wide variety of people rather than hustling contacts or business.
People can sense when you’re genuinely interested in discussing ideas and sharing experiences and when you’re interested in knowing them because they can help you.