In a recent article on Entrepreneur.com, 6 Surprisingly Effective Networking Tactics They Won’t Teach You in Business School, the author identifies holding your own networking event as the first one. We believe this is because it’s the most important one.
Why Holding a Networking Event Is Important
When you start a networking event of your own, you are going to be the center of attention. Instead of you going up to tons of people, they will come to you. They will want to introduce themselves to you to thank you for holding the event, and in that time, you learn a lot about your attendees. As you’re learning, you get to engage with them to see if there is going to be a connection that can be taken further. If not, they can find others at the event to connect with and so will you.
There’s something else about being the host of a networking event – it makes you a pro networker. It makes you more confident and better able to present yourself to people. This can lead to stronger connections to help you grow your business. There’s a little-known saying in the networking world; you should always pretend you’re the host of a networking event because it will help you feel more confident. However, when you are the host, you don’t have to pretend.
How HuddleDo Helps
HuddleDo bases its entire model off people hosting their own networking events. When you sign up, you can host a Huddle. We refer to you in this case as an Organizer. You Organize a Huddle by inviting people who are also members of HuddleDo and in the area you want to have the Huddle. Once you invite a few people and some accept, you have a Huddle. You can go off and be the host of your small networking event.
The great thing about using HuddleDo to host your own networking event is that you can have as many as you would like, or join as many as you’ve been invited to. You also don’t have to worry about holding an event that doesn’t have a good turnout. Usually, people who accept a Huddle make it a commitment to meet.
So follow the great advice of an Entrepreneur.com author and many other networkers such as the founders of HuddleDo, and start hosting your own networking event with a Huddle.