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Hi

Last week was an interesting week for me. I went to not one but two networking event for business ladies in a week – believe it or not, this is the trend right now – so many of these are sprouting up. One event is the Ladies Who Latte which was held at the pool side of Fairmont Hotel, another was a Luncheon Talk with Zaibun Siraj, former founder of AWARE and there is also the PRIMETIME networking event for business and corporate ladies.

Men have been networking over golf, cigarette and drinks since the beginning of time, its time for us ladies who runs businesses or working women to have a networking platform of our own.

I must say I do enjoy meeting other ladies in different profession. Women do it so naturally too.

One of the many events that we were involved in before for a client was to manage networking events for them. As the eventplanner, my team and I had to get venue sponsors, market the entrance tickets, create a programme and get an event sponsor at the same time. It was a 6 months long retainer project and boy! was it hard work in the beginning. But it all paid off in the end, we grew our client’s database from nothing to more than 5000 strong and we had about SGD10,000 of sponsorship revenue. Mind you, the venue was sponsored too and it was a paid event with at least 50 to 100 guests attending each time paying SGD20 to SGD30 each.

So organising your own networking event can be lucrative if you have a great theme and the right audience to market to. In today’s article here’s 5 tips how you can create a successful networking event of your own. Read on!

To your success,

Maya Kuchit-Desjarlais
The “EventWhiz(TM)


5 Tips To Have A Successful Networking Event


1. Have a great theme and a clear objective for your networking event

A networking event is only successful if you can organise a gathering for like minded people who wants to meet other like-minded people, matching suppliers with buyers and groups who want to meet their peers from other companies or people from other industry.

2. Have a sound event marketing plan

The event must be able to attract the guests who will be networking with each other and the vendors who may want to reach out these group of people. For example, a lot of spas, ladies gyms and beauty salons would like to target corporate ladies. IT vendors would like to reach out to the IT professionals, the CIOs (Chief Information Officers) and so on. Make sure there is a good balance and mix. We do not want an event with too many vendors and no guests!

3. Have a great programme that would be of interest to your guests

Organise talks that would benefit your audience, inspire them. Have a showcase of successful case studies of whatever best practices that your industry is doing. Create an atmosphere so that the audience can mingle with each other with ease. Have ice-breaking games if you have a good host and get the audience’s participation.


4. Get sponsors to help defray the cost of your event

This important if you want to ensure an event that is not draining on the pockets! There are alot of restaurants, clubs out there who may want to sponsor food & drinks in return for a guaranteed audience to their restaurant. Get goody-bag sponsors to help promote their products to your guests and at the same time your guests get free products as gifts. Don’t forget the cash sponsors or table booth sponsors at your event!

5. Ensure that the venue chosen is accessible and conducive to networking

Choosing the right venue is also important to ensure that your guests are comfortable networking with each other and can move around with ease. If the guests are not comfortable, chances are they will not stay long for the event. So choose a venue that is conducive for networking!

So there you go 5 simple tips that you can take with you. Ultimately in whatever you do, make sure you enjoy yourself. Good luck!

©2010 Maya Kuchit-Desjarlais, ConventionLinks (S) Pte Ltd


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What NOT To Do When You Organise A Networking Event

A networking event is ideal to getting to know your peers, colleagues in a big organisation, other business owners or the people in your industry. Its a great way to mingle, exchange cards or converse with like minded people – which you won’t be doing otherwise due to your daily rush and work
commitments.

Networking events can be free of charge or a ticketed event – depending on your objective. Whichever way you choose, as the organiser of a networking event, you have to make it conducive for your guests to mingle and set the environment right  for a comfortable networking.

1) Don’t send out invitation to the networking event just 5 days to the event!

This should have been obvious, but believe it or not, we received our invitation to this networking event just 4 or 5 days before  Guests need time to react and with so many things happening at the moment, it is difficult to committ to the event even though I am sure alot of us would like to go. Suffice to say, there was only a handful of us who showed up.

2) Don’t start your event too early – 6pm is still a bit early for most of us who comes from the office.

There have been some “debate” about this. If we put the networking event at a later time – guests will take their time and will even stroll in MUCH later. If we put it in too early – no guests will show up. I think ideally, we should put it at 6:30pm so that this gives guests time to leave the office at 6pm and reach the location comfortably. Suffice to say, alot of the guests stroll in around 7pm although the invite was for 6pm. Imagine from 6pm to 7pm, there were only 3 guests!!

3) Don’t schedule another meeting or appointment right after the networking event

As the host or the organiser, again this should  have been obviously a “no no”, but we were surprised when one of the hosts for this networking event had to leave for “another meeting”. It should not have been a problem but there were only 2 hosts at the event and the “2nd host” also had to leave for “another meeting” about an hour later! So us guests were left with plenty of food with just each other and no host!

4) Don’t arrange the networking event to be in a venue where the tables are fixed and not easy to move around.

Venues are important when hosting a networking event – the ambience should be pleasant with not many obstruction blocking people’s way like fixed tables and chairs.

We had very little room to move and were stuck at a corner that can fit only 8 people, so when there were more people arriving, everyone had to “shift” seats and the meeting had to be disrupted every time. So choose your venue carefully and make sure you have your guests in mind when you select the venue.

5) DO Arrange for finger foods and drinks with the venue before hand  –  especially if its an after work event

Once you have a confirmed number of guests, do arrange for food and drinks before the guests get there. Normally if its an after office hours event, people are hungry, and if there is no food served or mentioned on the invitation, most guests would go elsewhere to have a bite before arriving at the event. Again this should have been obvious, but some of us who arrived early wanted to leave the place to have “dinner first” elsewhere as there were no food arranged for us. The host had to quickly order from the restaurant so that none of us would leave the premises!

Again all these things should have been pre-arranged. Organising any event need not be difficult but it must be meticulously looked over no matter how small.

©2009 Maya Kuchit-Desjarlais, Convention Links (S) Pte Ltd



WANT TO USE THIS ARTICLE IN YOUR EZINE OR WEB SITE?

You can, as long as you include this complete blurb with it: The EventWhiz(TM), Maya Kuchit-Desjarlais publishes an ezine every 1st Thursday of the month on Creating Events That Work! Our ezines talk about and share practical experiences in running successful events. These bite-sized info, tips & ideas are specially suited for the busy, time-crunched Corporate Executives, Business Owners, Event Officers, Executive Assistants, Administrative Professionals, Marketing & HR practitioners who want to run their own events successfully, hassle-less, stress-free and with more grace & ease! If you’re ready to create successful events, easily AND get the recognition you deserve – get your FREE tips now at www.eventwhiz.com

Visit www.successfuleventplanningstrategies.com


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