I'd like to get people's thoughts on how they approach networking opportunities. I don't know how many other people feel this way, but I know that I personally get a bit overwhelmed when I enter a conference or meeting with many other higher level planners/politicians/lawyers, etc. My first inclination is to not say anything to anyone out of a personal fear of sounding like an idiot. Maybe other people feel this way, and maybe they don't, but I'm hoping to get feedback from people in the industry about how you approach this type of setting. What are you likely to talk about? How do you go about introducing yourself to someone who is important in the community (i.e. how to you avoid standing in a corner and not talk to anyone, and how to open a question without sounding uneducated). Simply put, what has worked for you in terms of meeting new people, and engaging somone who you think "has more important things to do" than talk to you?