5 Networking Event Ideas People Will Actually Enjoy

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Networking is an essential part of business.

We often hear people say "it's not what you know, it's who you know" and in many cases, it's true. The connections you make with other people can help you to get ahead.

Hosting a networking event is a great way to do make those connections. In this post, we'll give you some great networking event ideas to get started.

Get Inspired by these 5 Networking Event Ideas

Use these tips to inject some fun into your next event.

1. Use an Event App

These days, you can do almost anything with an application. Now, there are apps designed specifically for event planning.

These apps create more engagement with your attendees before, during and after your networking event. People can look through the schedule, sign up for different activities, complete surveys, make connections with other attendees, and follow up with them afterward.

Check out some of the most popular event planning apps and see which one works best for you.

2. Human Bingo

This is a great game for getting to know lots of different people in a short amount of time.
It uses bingo cards, but instead of having a numbered grid, each square has a description of something they need to find. Here are some examples:

  • Someone who has 2 children
  • Someone who has been to Europe
  • Someone with a tattoo

In order to win the game, people will have to talk to as many different people as possible. They'll have fun and learn some new information about each other along the way.

3. Name Badges

Name badges aren't just for customer service staff. They can be a great tool for a networking party, too!

When attendees are walking around and introducing themselves, these will make it easier. Plus, when you're meeting so many different people all at one event, it can be hard to keep track of names.

If you want, you can also use stickers or lanyards. Attendees can write extra information about themselves, such as their job or an interesting fact. This can be a great conversation starter.

4. Have a Picnic

If you have specific people you'd like to bring together, this idea is a great way to do that.

Prepare several sets of picnic items. Each set should include things like blankets, baskets, frisbees, food and a fully-packed picnic basket. Put colored ribbons or stickers on each item to indicate which set it belongs to. Then, distribute them strategically to people you'd like to introduce.

These people will have to find each other. When they do, they can sit down and enjoy a picnic together.

5. Problem Solving

Separate attendees into groups and give them a specific problem to solves. This could be a puzzle, a riddle, or anything you'd like.

In order to solve it, they'll have to talk and work together. This can be a good bonding activity.

Network the Right Way

When you're implementing these networking event ideas, make sure you keep things fun, relaxed, and most importantly, ethical.

Business connections need to be made in an open and honest manner. Don't use it as a front for a sales pitch. Otherwise, you could end up upsetting some of your attendees.

To learn more, read our post on how to be ethical while business networking.

 

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