- Coffee Cup Collaboration – Imagine five stacks of different colored paper coffee cups, each printed with a topic of interest. The yellow ones might say “Innovation,” while the red ones sport the word “Marketing.” Next to the coffee urns are signs that say, “Pick a cup based on what you would like to discuss most. This will help everyone network with like-minded people”. Angela Kisskeys, Co-Director of Associations North, sent me this idea that could prompt participants into starting conversations with their coffee cup twins.
- Everyone is a Host – Is this your second or third time at our networking event? Yes! Fabulous, you are a veteran, and we welcome you to become a host. This is the strategy Robbie Samuels, Networking Expert, deployed during a super successful networking series. He would invite “long-timers” to adopt the host role. Hosts found that the role helped them meet more people, and newcomers were warmly welcomed and introduced to other attendees.
- Unofficial Start – Do you have early birds that arrive 3, 5, or 10 minutes before the event’s official beginning? Reward this group and prime them for participation early by planning an unofficial start activity. Unofficial starts can be as simple as asking an icebreaker question. This idea is from Mark Collard, CEO of Playmeo, a database of in-person and virtual activities, energizers, and icebreakers.
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