For many professionals, networking is one of the main reasons why they regularly attend business events, conferences, and trade shows. If you are planning to host a networking event of your own, then finding new, novel methods of keeping your attendees entertained and help them to better connect with one another can give your event a competitive edge and ensure that it’s not forgotten in a hurry. Here are some ideas that you might want to consider, which could help make your networking event stand out from the crowd.
#1. Outdoor Activities
Who says that networking events always have to be indoors and attended by people wearing suits? Sometimes, the best way to meet other people in your industry is when you’re taking part in outdoor activities alongside them. Whether you decide to take your attendees on a wild boar hunting trip, sailing, or even camping, it can be a great way to break the ice and encourage people to get talking to each other without all the regular formalities that you find at most networking events. Paintballing, yoga, mountain biking, or even archery are all great outdoor activities that you could consider incorporating into a fun and adventurous outdoor networking event.
#2. Think Small
Hosting a huge networking event with hundreds of different attendees can often be daunting for individuals, especially for those who may be attending a networking event for the first time and are still getting to grips with the whole process. Breaking your networking event down into smaller groups is an innovative idea that is growing in popularity with some very effective results. Smaller groups can be taken out for dinner, for example, giving them a chance to mingle with and network with the people in their group. This provides an opportunity to build more meaningful relationships rather than fighting through crowds of people just to say hello.
#3. Speed Networking
You’ve heard of speed dating, but have you ever considered incorporating this concept into your networking event? Speed networking is a great way to ensure that everyone gets a chance to chat – give your attendees a few minutes to speak with someone new before giving a signal to move on to the next person. This is a very effective method that can be used at the beginning of an event to ensure that everybody gets introduced, before continuing the event with a dinner or another type of gathering where conversation can flow freely.
#4. Quizzes and Games
Incorporating some fun and games into your networking event can help everybody to lighten up a bit and make it easier to break the ice. For example, dividing your attendees into smaller, random teams and having them compete against each other in a quiz can be an excellent way of helping people get to know each other and encourage the conversations to get started.
These are just some fun and innovative ideas to help you put together a unique, fun, and interesting networking event. Would you like to add any ideas of your own? We’d love to hear from you in the comments.