How To Host Your Own Networking Event

You’ve been working on your networking strategy – attending events, perfecting your elevator speech, and following up. Even with all of that, you’re starting to feel like you’re not making the right connections or the events in your area aren’t exactly what you’re looking for.

Maybe it’s time you take matters into your own hands and host your own networking event! As the host of your own event, you are in charge of the guest list, flow and feel of the event, and, of course, the logistics (time, venue, etc).

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Host your own networking event!

Hosting and sponsoring an event sets you up as a business leader in the community and gives you and your business a huge boost in exposure.

So, let’s make your networking event a success!

Consider the details.

The time and event venue you choose will set the feel and flow of your event. Consider the type of event you’d like to host. Decisions such as time of day, event location, and what food & beverages to serve, will impact the overall feel of the event. In choosing your event space, don’t forget to consider ease of access and parking options for your guests.

Meet everybody and facilitate connections.

As the host of the event, make sure to meet everyone and thank them for attending. Take a genuine interest in their goals and find out more about them and what they’re looking for. As the host of the event, it’s your job to help people connect, so use this information to introduce guests. Your event will be a huge success if people walk away feeling like they’ve accomplished a networking goal and left with a new, meaningful business connection.

Have a team support you.

You can’t manage everyone yourself! Have a few business colleagues who are great connectors and business leaders ready to help manage the crowd. These people will be on the lookout for stragglers and help to get them involved in the conversation.

FOLLOW UP!

With your registration list in hand, reach out to all attendees to find out how they liked the event and if they were successful in developing their connections. If they were unsuccessful, this is a great one-on-one opportunity to find out more and personally introduce them to someone in your network. Be sure to invite them to your next event!!

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What Not to Do at a Networking Event

How good are your networking skills? Are you gaining awesome connections at every event, or do you leave with a handful of cards for contacts that never work out?

As you may have guessed, there’s more to the networking hustle than showing up at an event and hitting the bar. Networking has its own skill set, and you could be ruining your chances at making connections without even knowing it.

 

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The following are things NOT TO do in a networking event to maximize your experience

 

 

To help you hone your networking skills, we’ve put together a list of common mistakes to avoid. For best results, we recommend that you do not do or say the following at your next networking event:

 

Can I pick your brain? – People hate this question. It’s vague, one-sided, and needy. Start investing in the relationship and being of service before you ask for anything. Being a giver, not a taker, will encourage others to give too. If you ask to meet up for coffee, be specific about what you’d like to discuss, and triple bonus points if you can make it of benefit to the other person!

 

The Nine-Minute Pitch – Your explanation of what you do should be around thirty seconds long. If you can’t concisely say what you do, you’re going to come off as boring or incompetent. Get to the point, so you can get on with networking. Bonus Points: use your spiel to intrigue your audience so they’ll ask you for more!

 

Ask Dead-End Questions / Give Dead-End Answers – Dead-end Question: “How long have you lived here?” Conversation Starter: “What brought you out here?”

Dead-end Answer: “I’m a writer.” Conversation Starter: “I’m a writer; I love working with creatives on defining their brand.”

Other great Conversation Starters:

  1. “I’d love to hear more about what you do.”
  2. “What are you working on right now?”
  3. “What are your ideal clients like?”
  4. “Where are you from?”

 

Do Zero Homework – Know your audience! Never show up at an event without knowing what type of people will be there and what conversation topics will be well received.

 

Zoom in for Their Business Card And Then Exit – If you’re having superficial, two-minute conversations with people, they won’t remember you when you contact them later. Focus on having a real conversation and creating a connection before you ask someone for their card.

 

Wait for them to Approach You – Great strategy for bridge trolls, bad strategy for networking events. Quit lurking and be proactive! Walk up to a group and introduce yourself. Talk with thirsty networkers in the bar line. Befriend the introvert in the corner who didn’t read this article.

 

Have Too Many Drinks – Free drinks can be nice at a networking event, but nobody wants to chat with somebody who indulges too much. Drink much less than you would at a party to truly set yourself up for making a lasting connection.

 

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At Our Place Melbourne, we are passionate about doing everything we can to make your event outrageously successful. Despite only launching in March 2017 we have made a big impact with our high-value offering, our dedication to the community, and our commitment to offering a uniquely personalised event hosting service for all of our clients and their guests. Stay tuned for our next big announcement. It’s always just around the corner. And please, don’t hesitate to Contact Us here, or on Facebook. Or email us on info@ourplacemelbourne.com We are only a message away.

 

 

Tricks to Maximise Your Networking Experience

Networking is a key way to generate leads and get to know other business owners; particularly if you run a small business or are growing. Events vary in format and in the type of businesses they attract. However, there are some tricks that you should bear in mind, no matter what the event is, that will maximise the experience for you.

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Maximise your networking experience with these tricks



1. Be prepared by bringing a lot of business cards


Make sure you bring lots of business cards and that they are clean, up-to-date and easily accessible at the event, so there’s no awkward pause whilst you dig through your bag when someone asks you for it. When receiving a business card, show interest by taking a moment to read it before putting it away.

Some people find it useful to write details about the contact on their card, such as the name of the event, the date and reminders to include in your follow-up.

2. Be able to articulate what you do, why, for whom and what makes it special… quickly!
At networking events, you’ll be given the opportunity to talk about your business for a brief amount of time. It’s important that you’re able to talk about your business in a clear and concise way – this will help you grab the attention of the people on your table and make them want to know more about you and your company. It’s important to be able to do this at any kind of networking event as it’s a great ice-breaker and will help you give a meaningful impression of what you do.

3. Introduce yourself confidently
We all know the importance of first impressions so to ensure you make a good one. When meeting someone for the first time, say your name and your company loudly and clearly; there can be lots of background noise at networking events so make sure they can hear you. Convey confidence by making eye contact, smile and make your body language open and friendly.

4. Don’t spend the event catching up with friends
You may already know a number of people at the event and it’s important to say hello and continue to build those connections. However, networking is also about expanding your network so make the effort to make new connections.

5. Don’t sell
Whilst it’s important to be able to articulate what you do in a short ‘elevator pitch’, it’s also important not to ram your company down someone’s throat. You’ll have more chance of success by making genuine conversation, building rapport and showing interest in what the other person has to say. You’re trying to develop a relationship with someone so be generous, not self-serving.

6. ‘Work’ the event
After you’ve spent around 5 – 10 minutes talking to someone, let them move on so you can both meet someone new. Be mindful of other people’s time as everyone’s there to network. An easy way to close a conversation gracefully is to say, “It’s been nice talking to you.” or “Good to meet you, I look forward to talking with you again.”

Don’t promise to contact them if you don’t intend to. This would be a good time to exchange business cards if you have agreed to follow-up with them.

7. Don’t forget to follow-up!
It’s important to follow-up your connections, especially if you said you would! If you get a list of attendees, don’t blanket email them but build on the connections you did make. Keep in touch by sending them a personal email or calling and connecting with them on LinkedIn, no longer than a week after the event.

If you said you would send them more information about your company make sure to do that. If there’s something you think would be useful to them, like an introduction to another contact or a link to valuable information, it will show you are thinking of their needs and they will be more likely to value the connection.

 

#ourplacemelbourne #ourplaceisyourplace #melbournemeetingrooms #meetingrooms #eventorganisers #boutiqueeventspace #melbournevenue #morethanjustavenue #melbourneevents #businessbuildingevents

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At Our Place Melbourne, we are passionate about doing everything we can to make your event outrageously successful. Despite only launching in March 2017 we have made a big impact with our high-value offering, our dedication to community, and our commitment to offering a uniquely personalised event hosting service for all of our clients and their guests. Stay tuned for our next big announcement. It’s always just around the corner. And please, don’t hesitate to Contact Us here, or on Facebook. Or email us on info@ourplacemelbourne.com We are only a message away.

 

Using Networking to Your Small Business’ Advantage

In the small-business community, networking involves the owner getting out into the open and meeting people. These interactions can take place at organised workshops and seminars, social events, or even on the golf course. The goal of networking is to continually expand the number of business contacts you have. Although it is important for an entrepreneur to focus on the challenges of running his/her business, participating in the business community yields substantial benefits that are well worth the time devoted to networking.

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Use Networking to Your Small Business’ Advantage

 

Expanding Business

Networking is an effective way to meet prospective customers in an informal environment. You don’t make a sales pitch so much as introduce yourself and your business to your prospects. The goal is to exchange contact information and open an avenue for further discussion. You may also meet owners of other businesses who are interested in discussing possible partnerships such as marketing each others’ products or services. In this less formal meeting environment, you can build a positive relationship with the other business owners before starting serious negotiations.

 

Finding Talent

In a small company, it is critical that you hire the best-qualified employees. Every team member plays a key role in a small company’s success. The process of interviewing and vetting candidates for a position can be time-consuming. A small-business owner may not have the time to conduct as thorough a search as he would like. Networking with trusted business associates can make the hiring process go more quickly and ultimately help find the right person for the job. The people in your network can recommend people they know or have worked with in the past, narrowing down the number of candidates you have to review.

 

Speeding Transactions

Having someone introduce you to a decision maker can make a business transaction go faster and increase the probability of a successful outcome. For example, small businesses seeking capital are competing against many other entrepreneurs to gain access to venture capitalists or angel investors. Through networking, a small-business owner may meet someone who already has a strong relationship with a partner of the investor group. Being referred to the investor group by someone they trust increases the chances you will be given the time and attention you hoped for.

 

Furthering Knowledge

To build and maintain a competitive advantage, a small-business owner must know what competitors are doing — their strategies — and how well they are doing. You need to plan your strategies with this competitive environment in mind. You should craft your marketing message to differentiate your company from your competitors, to show why your products and services are better. Networking provides an opportunity to talk to people who know of your competitors, and even to your competitors’ customers.

 

Building Skills

A small-business owner has to be skilled in various functions of running a business, such as finance, product development, sales and marketing, and long-range planning. He should strive to build his skills as his company grows. An owner may have a gap in knowledge or experience, such as not understanding how the Internet can be used to market products or services. Networking with people who have such skills will allow him to tap into their knowledge and experience. By learning from them, he can become more effective at leading and expanding his company.