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 earn the most points, there are many conversations 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.
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.