You may think that having 500 connections on LinkedIn is impressive, but there’s nothing more worthwhile than meeting someone face-to-face, talking about your career and discussing what the future holds for both yourself and your industry.
No matter what sector you operate in, developing your own personal brand and having an active social media presence is now essential. But, we’re often blinded by how many connections and followers we have and therefore lack healthy, positive and truthful engagement.
Networking events are a great way to participate in meaningful interactions and get your name out there. There has been a lot of research that
We’ve got the lowdown on how to host a spectacular networking event that drives success and brings professionals to one place.
Know your industry
If you’re planning to host a networking event for your industry peers, you must do your research. Check to see whether there are similar networking events being held in your area and if there is, how are you going to make yours different? People won’t rearrange their schedules to attend another event if you’re just going to offer the same agenda to the one they’re already attending.
You also want to make sure that you invite the most influential people in your industry to attend and become an integral part
Talk with sponsors
It’s important to make sure that other businesses are aware of your
Sponsors could range from catering suppliers to venues themselves, this could save you a lot of finance in the long run and guarantee the longevity of your networking event.
Choose a venue
This is one of the most important parts of networking event planning, as you want to pick a place that is convenient
Once you’ve narrowed down your list of potential locations, you then must consider numbers. It’s important to have a rough idea of how many people will turn up to your event so you can pick a venue that has enough space. If your venue has an associated cost, you must then consider selling tickets if you aren’t able to fund it yourself and this will give you a better idea of how many people plan on attending.
You need to pick a space that is spacious too — otherwise, people who feel as though it is too crowded won’t return to your next event. Make sure that there is enough room for a stage/presentation, seating,
After the venue has been finalised, you must create the right atmosphere for attendees. Social media and
Set your agenda
It’s crucial that you have a reliable agenda to ensure that your event runs smoothly. If you can speak publicly during the promotion stages of what
Some examples could include masterclasses, public speakers, workshops, general breaks to network and even panels for further discussions. You want to make sure that each part of the event serves an interest and is valuable to the people who are attending.
Evidently, there is a lot of planning that goes
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