What is the difference between being socially ACTIVE and being socially PARTICIPATIVE?
Attending and being in all social events in town is being socially ACTIVE. But taking up a responsibility, playing an active role in the social group and subsequently adding value to the group is being socially PARTICIPATIVE.
Being socially active, will not get you the mileage that being socially participative will. Portray your ability and prove your reliability by assuming a post and successfully fulfilling the duties required in that post. Be a valuable asset to the group. By doing this you not only set an example for others, you encourage others too, to participate in the events of the group.
For example, you may take up the lead role to organise the monthly meetings of your institution. The way you organise and conduct yourself will talk volumes, about your capability, not just for this event but for anything you may take up in future.
Moreover, it instills confidence in the onlookers. You tend to linger in their memory and they are sure to recommend you for better positions and businesses.
Hence Networking is not about being socially active but it is all about being socially participative.