For any business person, networking is a vital activity. It is through networking that you will expand the number of contacts available for you to call upon. The contacts that you make through networking will range from professional acquaintances to potential future business partners.
Any entrepreneur worth their salt can host a networking event. But, putting on a networking event that really stands out in the minds of attendees takes a little more thought and finesse. If your networking is just one of many almost identical events that attendees go to that week, it isn’t going to be particularly memorable.
Plan a Networking Event
If attendees don’t remember you or your event, then you have failed in your most essential goal of hosting the event.
Use the following tips as a guide to putting together networking events that are truly unforgettable.
We’ve all witnessed some truly awful and misguided uses of technology. Technology is all around us and is now an integral part of our everyday life. It is, therefore, unsurprising that, like everything else, technology is often misused and misunderstood by those who use it.
However, if you use technology in an inventive and original way, then it can greatly enhance your vision and your message. Just as importantly, if you use technology in a creative and interesting way, then it is much more likely to stick in the minds of your audience.
Make it Interactive
This is an excellent one to tie in with your plans regarding technology. Technology allows for unprecedented levels of interaction between people and their environments. Some networking events have started making use of RFID technology (the same technology in NFC bank cards) to alert attendees when they are near other people who are of interest.
The more interactive you can make your event, the more memorable it will be for attendees. Not only will they remember the event itself more clearly but interactions with other attendees will help to solidify new relationships and contacts.
One way of instantly setting your event apart from those of everyone else is by taking it away from the usual settings. Attendees have had enough of networking events hosted in a boardroom or conference hall. Give them something new and exciting.
You could even go the whole hog and host your networking event during some kind of group activity. Check out this Cincinnati Escape Room for an example. Escape rooms often tick all the boxes for the tips given here, so they are an excellent choice for a networking event with a difference.
Networking is part and parcel of being an entrepreneur. No matter what industry or sector you work in, you will eventually find yourself in a situation where having contacts can make all the difference. Next time you host a networking event, make sure it is one that will not soon be forgotten. The above tips will get you started. As always, though, creativity is the key.
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