The Great Connections Guide: 10 Networking Icebreaker Activities for Association Events
Lynne Waymon, CoAuthor
There’s a reason they’re called “ice-breakers.”Almost 60% of Americans surveyed by the Shyness Institute at Stanford University say they feel shy or uncomfortable at business and social events.So it’s not surprising that many people dread “open networking” where they’re expected to mill around and mix and mingle.
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You’ve noticed what happens at the events you host.Most peoplestand around having “ho-hum” conversations that go like this:
“Hi. How are you?” “Fine. How are you?” “Not bad.What’s new with you?” “Not much. What’s new with you?” “Same old thing. Working really hard.” “Me to.Well, good seeing you.” “Yeah. Great seeing you. Bye now.”
This is a conversation in search of a topic!And one of the reasons endless, open, unstructured networking just doesn’t work.Most people, even highly skilled professionals, don’t have the conversational skill to make it productive and positive.
That’s why we wrote the Great Connections Guide for association leaders. We recommend that you have a short period of open networking at your conferences, meetings, retreats, and training events, then have a longer period of structured networking using one of the “ice-breakers” from the Activity Guide.Order now! Only $29.
The Activities are designed to help your members feel included and make the career and professional connections that will help them get the job done and advance their careers. Don’t leave those connections to chance!
“We started using the activities from the Guide at our meetings and noticed the difference right away. Attendance shot up, people came earlier and stayed later.The activities give people permission to talk with each other in a whole new way.We used to claim that people joined for the networking opportunities.Now they really do!”Association Executive
The 10 networking activities will insure the growth of your association, give all your members (especially the introverts) state-of-the-art networking skills, and support your reputation as a great place to network.
The Great Connections Guide: 10 Networking Activities for Association Eventsis perfect for conferences, meetings, first-timer sessions, pre-conference meetings, board retreats, and any other time you want people to get beyond the small talk and build professional relationships.Click to order for $29.
10 field-tested, original activities designed to help your members build relationships.
Ideas for getting people to mix and mingle, change partners, and circulate.
Detailed scripts for what to say when you lead each activity.
Estimated time and supplies needed for each activity.
Tips for creating a positive networking culture in your association.
Repeatable, adaptable ideas, so you have several years of activities.
60-pages of downloadable directions, all customized for large or small groups.
1. Ask Me
2. Quotable Notables
3. Great Connections
4. Treasure Hunt
5. Starring Roles
6. It’s In the Cards
7. TV Interview Show
8. Swap Meet
10. Meet the Pros
Put the Guide on your web site for your leaders to download, or print copies to distribute. (Order complete Guide today for only $29.Since this is downloadable, you’ll have it immediately.)
“Your workshop was delightful, dynamic, valuable, and filled with suggestions to help us navigate our challenging environments. Kudos continue to roll in. You may well be the hit of the meeting!" Jane Blumenthal, MSLS, AHIP, for the Leadership & Management Section of the Medical Librarians Association Annual Meeting
Use an Activity at your next event! 10 energizing Activities, only $29 US.