Networking events are more or less everywhere, whatever your field or location. Thanks to social media, it’s easier than ever to set up, plan and run a networking event. But what are our top tips for achieving a successful one?
Keep it personal
As your events may start to grow, remember to still try and talk to everyone, thank them for coming, connect with them on social media and say goodbyes.
Keep a familiar format
Familiarity is useful when it comes to networking events; the same structure means regulars know the score, how things run and feel relaxed, and also makes it easy for newcomers to get to grips pretty quickly.
Choose the right venue
Choosing the right venue is the most important part, as it will go some way to dictating the tone, mood and direction of the whole event. Pick a central location that is easy for all to access.
Promote the event
Use social media, blogs, even a newsletter to market your event. Don’t delay, start as early as you can and execute it to the full.
It’s really important that you keep the conversation going after a networking event, so keep in touch on social media or through emails. Send out any relevant information from the event too, such as speaker’s talks and contact details.
Please note: This article is a commentary on general principles and should not be interpreted as advice for your specific situation.