How to Organize a Fun, Offline Networking Event, 5 Ways

By: | November 7, 2019 | Tags: ,
Offline networking events are easy to plan with these 5 steps

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Offline networking.

Have you considered the merits?

You’ll extend your brand’s reach.

Do you know what’s involved?

For a start, you need business cards.

Isn’t that all offline networking entails?

You show up at some trade shows and pass out business cards, right?

Not at all.

Today’s guest author, Eada Hughes, explains how to organize your own offline networking event.

Recently this blog published information about taking a blogging course.

If you read the comments, you’ll see what surprised me.

Here are a few of them:

“Networking sounds like it would be the best bonus for me.”

From Joe

Be present at the event goes a long way in boosting your confidence and growing your business. It offers you the opportunity to meet people you never would have met otherwise. Your presence will then translates into networking with others and influencers who can help take your business to the next height. In fact, there are many benefits to attending blogging events.

From Moss

Both comments discuss the value of offline networking which provides you a chance to meet other like-minded content creators in your niche.

Moss adds additional advantages to attending offline networking events.

Did you know I was once approached by an offline event organizer? He offered me a financial opportunity. He offered to arrange an event where people would come and buy my books.

Today’s guest author, Eada Hughes, explains how you can organize your own offline network event.

Eada gives the example of organizing a charitable event. While giving to charity is noble, you can use her tips to organize any offline networking event.

Fun Run 101: Your 5-Step Guide To Organizing A Fun Run Or Charitable Event

Eada Hughes

Helping others can be one of the most rewarding things in life, but executing your grand ideas is sometimes far more complicated than you imagine.

With many people straying from the traditional monthly direct debit contributions and moving towards events such as fun runs or luncheons, the complexity of giving back to your community and those in need has skyrocketed. 

Nevertheless, these events are worthy causes, and you shouldn’t be tearing your hair out while trying to organize your campaign. That’s why we’ve created this simple, five-step guide to organizing your event.

Step One: Set The Scene

The first thing you’ll want to do is establish how your event is going to look and feel. This sets the precedent for all other details, and having a vision in mind will help you fit the pieces of the puzzle together more easily. If your event is going to be ongoing (i.e., run for an extended time or repeated annually), you’re going to want to invest in quality, reusable gear.

Fabric banners, nice tables and chairs, and a quality sound system should be at the top of your list. Not only will these features add an element of professionalism to your event, but they’ll also provide a touch of class. And because they’re of a higher caliber than the standard paper banners and trestle tables, they’ll stand up to repeated use.

Step Two: Promote

Now it’s time to take to social media, send out personal invitations, and shout it from the rooftops. Before you go much further than your vision and basic planning, you’re going to want to get an idea of how many people are likely to attend. So, starting your promotion early is always a good idea. Don’t stress if you don’t have all the details locked in yet. All you really need for this stage is a date and time, location, and basic overview. You can get fancier and provide more info as your event approaches.

Step Three: Work Out The Catering

If there’s going to be food involved, you’ll want to organize it early in your planning. This will help avoid any mishaps with your menu and gives your caterers plenty of time to ensure they have everything needed to meet special dietary requirements.

Even if you can’t pin down an exact number of attendees, at least let your caterers know whether they need to cover people with vegan, gluten-free, or other special dietary needs. Knowing what types of dishes you would like to serve guests will be a massive help to them.

Step Four: Confirm All Details

By now, things should be falling into place. You’ve got your guest list, venue, catering and any other bits and pieces that may need to be locked in. Now is the time to double and triple-check that all details are correct and confirmed as there’s nothing worse than getting to event day and realizing something is missing.

Step Five: Set Up And Relax

You’re in the home stretch, and your event is almost here. All that’s left to do is get the venue set up and welcome your guests.

Wrapping Up: Offline Networking

So, there you have it – five simple steps to organizing a fun run or charity event.

Please Note: This article assumes that you have already gotten any permits or other permission that you may require to hold your event. If this is not the case, please ensure that you do so before organizing your event.

Readers, please share so people interested in hosting an offline networking event know how to do so.

I look forward to your views in the comments section. Are there any suggestions you can add to make hosting your own offline networking event more efficient and stress-free?

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