One of the biggest draws of corporate events is the ability to network with colleagues and peers that can help grow your business or help you achieve personal goals. Small talk and approaching strangers is not an easy task for everyone, so finding ways to organically facilitate networking at your event is great to ensure success and leave a long-lasting impression on your guests. Especially in the startup world, everyone is looking to walk away with a new connections that can help them expand their network. Here are some ways we have found to be easy approaches:
When in doubt, spring for name tags. Professional name tags that include guests full name AND company offer an opening line for guests to approach each other.
In a conference setting, assigning small breakout discussions where guests can engage in a more intimate setting with speakers, presenters and each other can ensure higher quality connections are made.
Kelly is a Corporate Event Planner and the Founder of 8 Stratton Events with over 10 years of experience working with innovative and iconic organizations all over the country. Kelly lives with her husband Daniel and their dog Lucy in their home in Boston.