Lets face it, many of us have to network to find our next client or job but when it comes to attending another lame, skeezy networking function most of us would rather go to the dentist (sorry dentists).
Recently, Carol (one of our founders) was giving a talk to room of 50 people and asked, "Who likes networking?" One person raised their hand. So that left 49 people running to the cash bar to get some liquid courage to meet someone new.
Why is networking so hard?
Basic tips for networking
Most of us fall into the category of not sure how to start or what to say or we are uncomfortable around people we don’t know. Here's a roadmap to lead you out of networking hell:
Scavenger hunts are perfect for networking
So you haven't been on a scavenger hunt since you were a kid. But isn't it time that you added a little more fun to your professional life? A well-planned scavenger hunt forces you — in a good way — to get out and meet people. At GO Scavenger Hunts, we've learned to take the awkwardness out of networking and gamify the process. Rather than searching for the person you already know and hanging on them like a life preserver, we create a game that you play on your smartphone. We give you permission and a REAL reason to talk to someone you don't know and ask them about fun, engaging topics. The more strangers you talk to, the more points you earn. Suddenly everyone in the room is trying to meet as many new people as they can, natural conversations are happening, and connecting with a stranger becomes actually fun.
Want to learn more? Contact us to find out how to build & structure your own networking scavenger hunt.
We couldn't be more thrilled! Due to a ton of growth and the amazing support of our community and clients, Distel Wolfe and GR Scavenger Hunt have officially merged and become GO Scavenger Hunts! So whether you're looking to host an awesome family celebration (i.e. birthday, bachelorette. etc.) or hold a team building event that leaves trust falls and team dinners in the dust, we can help — anywhere in North America (and several places globally)!
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Fall means back-to-school, and for GO Scavenger Hunts, it also means a new intern! We're thrilled to have GVSU junior Elliot Rieth aboard helping us with everything from running hunts to managing our social media. Welcome aboard, Elliot!
What were you like in high school?
In high school I was a member of my school’s rowing team, participated in several variety shows, and occupied my free time with a close knit group of friends. I was involved in sports, academics, and choir; so my time was often busy.
What new thing could you teach me in 5 minutes?
I pride myself in my many pursuits; such as singing, guitar, rowing, and many other hobbies I’ve picked up along the way. I love to teach people how to row, as I think it’s an important life skill to have. I’ve learned to teach people the basic relatively quickly, but it is a complicated sport that takes years to master, so I could never truly teach anyone everything there is to know.
What inspires you?
I am constantly finding inspiration from the people around me. From my father and grandfather, to friends of mine pursuing their passions, I am always finding new ways to view life and motivate myself. I believe that my biggest inspiration is my father. He shows me to constantly stick with what I love to do while valuing hard work. He is one of the most dedicated and kind people I know, and I aspire to be like him.
What Do you want to do when you grow up?
For my career, I want to eventually work a job that allows me to provide entertainment and joy to people. Potentially entertainment PR or event planning and promotion. Either that or I would like to open my own PR firm, so I can work with as many different fields as possible.
Why did you apply for this internship, and what do you hope to get out of it?
I found interest in this internship because I really like the service that Go Scavenger Hunts provides for people. I like that the scavenger hunts provide a new way to get to know people while also having fun. I am most excited to work directly with the hunts and to see how different people experience each hunt.
Tasked with organizing the ultimate bachelorette party in the Motor City? When it comes to planning the perfect last fling before the ring, Detroit has some great activates to celebrate the bride. Whether your bride is creative, athletic or a social butterfly, these great Motor City activities could suit any bride’s style.
1. Pole dancing
A bachelorette party is a great time to release the inner sexy woman and pole dancing is great for the athletic and the inactive. Vixen Fitness in Ann Arbor provides a safe and fun environment for women of all ages, shapes and sizes to embrace their sensual side and get a little workout. Groups can pick from a one hour pole dancing or lapdancing lesson. And Vixen Fitness allows you to bring your own bottle of champagne to toast the bride. Cheers!
If a few hours isn’t long enough and your need a weekend to celebrate, then check out the deals at the casinos in downtown Detroit. No need to incur the airfare to Vegas when you can find three great casinos in your backyard: Greektown Casino, MGM Grand and the Motor City Casino. You can all play a round of Blackjack or try your luck at the slot machines, and enjoy a night of dining and entertainment. And you don’t want to Uber home, plan an overnight stay and take part in a day of indulgence at the highly recommended IMMERSE Spa inside MGM Grand Detroit.
Speaking of spas, if pampering is your focus, then a day at the spa may be exactly what the maid of honor should plan for her bride. Who can resist being pampered with a hot stone massage and relaxing manicure and pedicure? You don’t need to travel far to find a great spa in Detroit but a few of our favorite ones are Beach House Day Spa in Birmingham, Visions Spa Salon in Novi, Woodhouse Spa in Detroit.
For brides looking to spend the day with close friends but not partake in all the usual bachelorette party antics the Detroit Institute of Arts is a great choice.
This venue within Detroit is a gem for a multitude of reasons, including the fact that it houses one of the largest and most significant art collections in the United States. For residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties, admission is free. And once the bride and her party are finished taking in the beauty of the exhibits, head to the Kresge Court inside the museum to lounge with friends to enjoy a glass of wine and a some charcuterie.
Let’s not forget a great adventure for our outdoor enthusiast. Stony Creek Metropark is a man-made lake built by damming Stony Creek, located in Washington Township. Whether you plan to mountain bike, hike or inline skate there are plenty of trails for each. The park also has two beaches, a boat launch as well as rowboats, paddleboards, canoes and kayaks to rent.
And don’t worry if you are planning a bachelorette party in the winter, Stony Creek is open for cross country skiing and guests can rent skis on site.
If you are looking for something out of the ordinary then why not book a bachelorette party at the Detroit Flyhouse Circus School. Classes are geared to all levels of fitness and instructors are highly trained in teaching the circus arts in a safe environment. Whether you try a mixed aerials or hoop dance class, you’ll definitely get a great workout and strengthen your core while having fun.
7. Scavenger hunt
If you’re looking for an activity that appeals to all ages and types — something that connects your bride’s best childhood friend, her college roommate, her new sister-in-law and her crazy Aunt Rose? What about a scavenger hunt?
At Go Scavenger Hunts we create bachelorette hunts that focus fun challenges about the bride as well as learning about one another. We can design a custom hunt specific to your bride and her friends and family, which includes all your photos from the event. So regardless if you’re downtown at the casinos or hanging out at the beach at Stony Creek — or you’re anywhere else where there’s people walking around — you can hunt!
Co-founder Jill Hinton Wolfe is a communicator, entrepreneur and Army veteran who is passionate about the outdoors and designing surprising and unique challenges for all sorts of clients, all over the world.