Tips for Hosting a Successful Networking Event.
As the host of a virtual networking event, you will be clear about the purpose of the meeting, but don’t forget you also need to:
- put attendees at ease.
- manage the time.
Before the event:
- If you are the sole host, ask someone to attend who can step in if you are delayed or have tech issues.
- Consider asking a few attendees you know to help you keep the initial conversation going.
On the day:
- Ensure you are in the “room” well before the others.
- As people join, welcome them by name. Check pronunciation of unfamiliar names.
- As you wait for people to join, ask direct questions of guests. Make sure the regulars don’t form a conversation clique.
- As soon as you begin, remind attendees of any group guidelines. (Muting when not speaking, cameras to stay on.)
- Set clear time limits for introductions.
- If an attendee is rambling (possibly due to nerves), wait for them to take a natural break (or breath) and thank them. If you keep silent, they will talk on to fill the silence.
- If you are posing questions for each attendee to answer, ask one question at a time.
- Remain attentive, avoid checking phone, emails, etc.