Where to start can be a little tricky if it is your first time hosting a networking event. You want it to go smoothly and overall be a success. We've listed a few steps that can help you execute a successful networking event that will give you real results.
Step 1: Finding the Appropriate Venue
After figuring out the purpose of why you want to host a networking event, and creating a list of potential invitees, you will need to find the right venue for your event. When searching for event venues start by narrowing down your list to those who can accommodate your event and select a few tentative dates.
Visiting all of the venues is important to evaluate which one will best fit your needs and ensure your guests will enjoy their experience. After selecting the right venue, finalize the date and make sure to secure the booking.
Step 2: Marketing Your Event
Marketing your networking event is so crucial to its success! You'll want an experienced Event Planner to get the word out to. Send emails, print snail mail flyers, use social media to your advantage! You want a high turnout for your event if you want a return on your investment.
Step 3: Selecting Vendors
Trying to find the best vendors can be another tricky task if you do not have any referrals. Your Event Planner should have a long list of vendors to contact. They will have the referrals you need and be able to book the vendors for you. The selected vendors will help create your vision and take care of important details such as catering your guests. Without them, you risk your guest's energy and excitement about the event.
Step 4: Sponsors
You want to optimize return on your investment so you will need sponsors to offset your event planning expenses. This can be daunting for first-timers, but if you do your research, make sure your goals align with the potential sponsors and be persistent but flexible, you will find the right match and soon have your event sponsored!
Step 5: Publicize Your Agenda
Be sure to be clear on what the day's events entail when you are contacting your people on your guest list. It's common courtesy to inform them of the purpose of the event and the size of your guest list. You want your guests to be prepared for the networking event.
Here's an example of an event schedule:
8:30-9:30 Introduction and Individual Presentations
Hosting a networking event can be hard work, to ensure a successful event consider hiring a Corporate Event Planner. At Lush Event Productions we will be there will you every step of the way. You can relax in knowing that will we strive to make your corporate event a success. Contact us today regarding your network event to get a free quote!