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Networking is one of the best ways to not only meet new people in your industry, but also to develop yourself professionally. Building rapport and having conversations are two very important skills in almost any business or industry.
If you’re looking to plan a spectacular in-person networking event, use these simple tips to make the most of it for all of your guests.
Make presentations easy
Arguably one of the most difficult parts of any conversation when you don’t know the other person is the introduction. If you’re planning an in-person networking event, don’t make your guests do all the heavy lifting, give them custom printed lanyards.
Custom printed lanyards are easy conversation starters because you can read them and get enough information to open. Print them with the guest’s name, the business they work for, and their role. These three simple pieces of information will get the conversation flowing from the start and the event buzzing with activity.
increase your numbers
When people first hear about your event, there will be excitement and enthusiasm. This is likely to generate a fair amount of RSVPs, but not all of them will translate into RSVPs. As the event draws closer, there will be competitive events and engagements for your guests.
To help increase the number of guests who show up on the day of the event, try hosting some random business card giveaways. By offering the opportunity to win a prize with your business card and attendance, the number of late dropouts will be drastically reduced.
Consider a panel or question and answer session
The format of your in-person networking event is critical to success, and one tip is to engage guests in any talk or topic. Panel discussions with experts are a great way to engage your guests and also act as a draw card.
These panels, if done correctly, allow guests to gain meaningful information about questions or topics that they will be discussing themselves. Let your guests submit questions to the panel for even more engagement.
Regardless of the format you choose, be sure to find a way to engage guests rather than letting them be talked to for a set period of time.
When it comes to hosting an in-person networking event, it’s easy to get lost in the planning and execution, only to find that you end up with no networking for you. A great tip is to offer a welcome gift bag for your guests and include a little information about yourself.
This is the best way to make sure everyone gets to know you a little better, even if you don’t have time to talk to them or anyone else at the event. Be concise and clear in your information about yourself and make sure they know who organized this event. Don’t miss out on getting your message across to as many eyes as you can at your own event.
Attend your event
One of the best raffle cards for any event, and a great way to start a conversation is with food or drinks. Catering your event is another important tip to ensure a successful in-person networking event.
Food and drink will help boost your numbers and give guests a natural conversation starter if you choose the right dishes. Food disarms people and drinks help relax them, two things you want at your networking event. Don’t skimp on the food and drinks, and make sure your guests know in advance that this is a catered event.
Hosting an in-person networking event is a great way to reach a whole new audience and develop yourself professionally.
Setting up your event for success is simple if you have the right tips. If you’re planning your next in-person networking event, be sure to include these tips for success.