Tips for Networking Success
We want your business mixer to be a hit, and to be a networking success for you. Though the primary purpose of a mixer is to facilitate the fostering of business relationships, it is important to keep the atmosphere easy going and relaxed; this ensures that your guests are comfortable and most importantly, so are you. Here are some ways you can keep the mood light and relaxed:
Provide Light Refreshments
Offer some light refreshments. Coffee tea, sodas and juices are a great way to quench people’s thirst and to lighten a mood. For a happy hour vibe, cocktails, beer and wine are a great option. Our team of talented bartenders and mixologists will be sure to impress the guests at your mixer.
Rent a Corporate Venue
Getting people out of the office and into a relaxed environment is a great way to spark conversation. There will be new sights, tastes and sounds to stimulate plenty of conversation. At Ridgewood Catering, we have good relationships with many corporate venues and banquets. Holding your mixer at a venue outside of the office is a great way to inspire your colleagues and peers to get dressed up and make some new connections.
Encourage Mixing and Mingling
It is helpful to encourage people to bring information about the products and services they offer. Designate special sections of the room to be specifically outfitted for that purpose. Similarly, keep the food and drinks to another area. This will create flow in the space, and will encourage people to walk around, talk to each other and get a feel for what is being offered. A sneaky tip to ensure people are mixing and mingling is to supply fewer chairs than there are people!
Suggest a Networking Exercise
At the beginning of the mixer, suggest a small networking exercise. Ask your guests to speak to one person to their left and to one person to their right. Ask them to state their name, what they do, and what they wish to achieve that evening. This will surely be a conversation starter.
Call Our Professional Caterers
With these hints and tips in mind, your business mixer is sure to be a hit. Do not hesitate to call our team today and start discussing the details. We look forward to hearing from you and to helping you achieve great success within your field. Your business is our passion, and we look forward to serving you!