- Corporate events don't have to be groan worthy
- Give your attendees easy ways to connect with one another with these tips
- Mixtroz can help guide your attendees through meaningful conversations
Let’s face it: corporate events get a bad rap. We groan on the inside as we stumble our way through small talk and pleasantries and wait for the keynote presentations to begin. Besides the initial awkwardness or uncomfortable pauses, the biggest letdown is that we leave these corporate events without the deep connections we had hoped to make.
We can get stuck believing that there is simply no way around dull corporate gatherings. But that’s not the way it has to be for you or your guests. Mixtroz guides you through meaningful conversations with event guests so they can build authentic relationships as they advance in their careers. Give your attendees a reason to connect with peers, mentors, and industry leaders on something other than work and weather forecasts.
#1 Do Your Research
We all take notes to prep for big meetings or new projects at work. So why do we forget to do the same before we’re about to meet a group of new people? Your guests are probably entering their next mixer with a healthy dose of nerves and hesitation. Preparation is one of the simplest ways to ease anxiety and get your guests excited about who they’ll rub elbows with.
Of course, one of the easiest ways to get to know fellow guests before walking into the room is to roll up your sleeves for a quick Google search. Take a look at LinkedIn accounts and online portfolios so you can get to know attendees and their professional backgrounds. Mixtroz stores information about each guest, so when it comes time to meet in person, you have a personal cheat sheet to build deeper connections from the very start.
#2 Listen More Than You Speak
No matter the industry or headcount, your guests are probably worried about asking the right questions and saying the right things. Although it’s essential to show your interest with probing questions, we often forget how powerful the simple art of listening can be.
Encourage guests to keep their phones tucked away and maintain eye contact. Attendees might be tempted to look at their watches, but avoiding time checks will make them seem more approachable and present. Not every conversation will flow seamlessly, and that’s okay! We’re all guilty of jumping in or even interrupting a conversation to fill the space. A genuine effort to listen goes a long way.
#3 Ask Engaging Questions
When it does come time to do the asking, Mixtroz gives your guests a roadmap to get started. Ask both professional and personal questions to get to know a colleague, mentor, or acquaintance in a new light. Choose open-ended questions that bring out the personality of even your most reserved guests. Remember, there are no wrong answers. Then do your best to ask follow-up questions.
Mixtroz helps you ask the right questions at the right time, allowing your guests to learn more about fellow attendees’ personal and professional lives without feeling like they’re prying.
- How did you arrive at your current role?
- What do you enjoy most about your role?
- What are a few projects you’ve enjoyed working on the most?
- Which industries do you hope to explore more?
- Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
- Where did you grow up?
- How do you spend your weekends?
- How do you unwind after a busy workday?
- What have you been reading, watching, and listening to recently?
- What job did you think you’d have when you were young?
#4 Remember Names
Ever ask for a person’s name only to forget it immediately? We’ve all slipped up before. However, learning names is essential. We save ourselves the embarrassment and foster a sense of closeness with others more quickly. Besides, research shows people love hearing the sound of their name. So why not win them over and earn some brownie points?
There are a few tricks your guests can use to recall names more easily. After someone has introduced themselves, they can repeat their name or find a way to incorporate it into the conversation and follow up to make sure the pronunciation is correct. They can write the name down, too. Better yet, they can use the Mixtroz platform to easily view who was in their group and quickly send a connection request with a click of a button.
#5 Follow Up
As the event comes to a close, make moves to keep the conversation going. Exchange contact information and plan to reach out shortly after. Guests use the Mixtroz platform to swap numbers, emails, and LinkedIn details with just a few clicks. Attendees may feel a bit sheepish about initiating a second meetup, but it’s the best way to make these connections last long term.
Give all of your guests a leg up with Mixtroz. Mixtroz empowers guests to redefine networking for the better. No more forced interactions or early exits. It’s all about human-to-human connection. Because when colleagues get each other, they work better together too.
Invite Mixtroz to your next corporate event. Request a demo today to learn more!