Welcome back to our series on the 10 Commandments of Networking a Mixer. If you missed the 1st 2 posts in the series, please visit our previous post.
When you are a guest at an event, you are often left waiting on others to make things happen, and allowing the event to flow as it does.
When you are the HOST of an event? You get to create what you want, you know where things are (like sign in, food, beverage), you make sure people are comfortable and introduce them around. By acting as the host, your visibility and credibility will skyrocket.
As a host, you may want to:
- Make sure that there are people in attendance alone
- Create introductions
- Help people get the layout of the room (check-in, sponsor tables, food & beverage, restrooms, etc)
By acting like the host, you will continue to develop excellent networking skills and get to meet many new entrepreneurs in a shorter amount of time.
The credibility that is created by being the host will help those referrals begin to flow.
You may have to “fake it till you make it”, acting like a host until you are comfortable doing so. If you are uncomfortable with faking it, you can volunteer to be an ambassador or visitor host for the networking organizations to which you belong.
What will you do at your next networking event to “Act like a Host”?