How to Improve Networking at Your Next Event

Hosting a successful networking involves numerous factors. Networking is a process that helps to establish connections and enhance interaction among the guests. Networking doesn't occur magically, however. It requires thoughtful planning, excellent execution, and a strategic push to ensure the event's success. In today's blog post, we will outline several effective strategies to enhance networking at your next event, including an unconventional but highly engaging method: hiring a close-up magician!

UNDERSTAND YOUR AUDIENCE

The first step in improving networking at your event is to truly understand your audience. What is their common denominator? Are they business people, tech enthusiasts, or food bloggers? Knowing your audience helps you to tailor the event to meet their needs, which can lead to more significant networking opportunities. Once you've identified their interests, you can plan activities and discussions that will spark their interest and promote conversation.

CREATE AN ENGAGING ENVIRONMENT

An event’s ambiance plays a vital role in influencing networking among guests. A well thought out and comfortable setting can encourage people to engage more freely and confidently with each other. This means ensuring adequate space for mingling, proper lighting, and noise control to create an environment conducive to conversation. Networking events often take place in hotels, bars and restaurants but you don't need to be limited to this. Instead, you could find a place that suits your audience (see my point above!). For example, food bloggers might want to meet in a commercial kitchen, or the tech industry might want to meet at a computer and science lab. If you can't manage that, then interactive displays and exhibits or a guest speaker related to your event’s theme can also serve as excellent conversation starters.

USE TECHNOLOGY

In today's world, technology can play a crucial role in enhancing networking at events. There are numerous event apps available today that allow attendees to connect virtually, schedule meetings, and even participate in virtual discussions or forums. This can be particularly effective for larger events where physical mingling might be more challenging.

FACILITATE ICE BREAKERS

Networking can sometimes be intimidating, especially for those who are new to the group, or those more introverted. It can be difficult to go up to someone and introduce yourself. To alleviate this, consider incorporating structured icebreakers into your event. This could be as simple as a quick round of introductions, or you could plan something more involved like a team building exercise or group activity. Ice breakers help guests to feel more comfortable and encourage engagement.

HIRE A CLOSE UP MAGICIAN

This might seem unorthodox but is actually an incredibly effective way to improve networking at your next event. This approach can be an excellent ice breaker, as it provides a shared experience for guests to discuss, easing them into conversation naturally and organically.

Close up magic, involves magical performances done in an intimate setting, as the name suggests close to audience. At networking events, this often involves the magician mingling among the crowd. When I've done this previously, I've sometimes been asked to encourage connections between people, by introducing them to others, and I've also been asked on separate occasions to keep the conversation away from work so as to avoid any potentially awkward conversations that guests might not want to have about something confidential.

In both of those instances, I'm there to welcome people, break the ice and make sure people are relaxed and enjoying the event, rather than just standing around.

Magic can truly ignite the atmosphere, add excitement, and serve as a unique talking point. As guests watch my magic tricks unfold before their eyes, and witness my incredible mind reading, they'll naturally start discussing what they've just experienced. This shared experience fosters a natural, comfortable environment that is perfect for networking.

Not only that, but I could also act as a guest speaker, giving either a speech about magic and magicians, and / or giving a short performance. Magic not only entertains but also connects people, making it a perfect addition to any networking event.

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Sue Phelan
Sue Phelan
Ed was absolutely phenomenal at my friend's 50th birthday! Fantastic magician x
Michelle Talbot
Michelle Talbot
Very, very impressive 😁
Amanda Bryant
Amanda Bryant
He was very professional before the event and everyone was thoroughly entertained by his close magic and the larger scale audience participation tricks.
Rach Ryan
Rach Ryan
We invited Ed to join us at our wedding reception to entertain our guests during / after the meal. Lots of guests were chatting about his tricks the next day. We loved the one he did for us and have absolutely no idea how he managed it! Ed is relaxed but professional, friendly and fun. Thank you for sprinkling some magic on our day Rach & Mick
Laura Darrant
Laura Darrant
Super personable and an amazing magician. Book him for your works events.
kerry smith
kerry smith
Ed was fabulous, what a fantastic magic show this was the perfect entertainment for my 50th Birthday and left us scratching our heads on how he did some of the tricks as we couldn’t work it out, and we were really impressed, and still talking about it later into the night and after my birthday too. I would definitely recommend and book Ed again and he was very professional, fabulous magic tricks and great communication and early to the event to prepare. I won’t mention what tricks he did as I won’t spoil the surprise but we all loved it. Thanks Ed 🤩🥰👍
Fern Dennis
Fern Dennis
I saw Ed last weekend he was booked for a family wedding. Nearly a week later and I’m still speechless, he was amazing best magician I’ve ever seen! He caters to all age groups, so entertaining.
Le pe
Le pe
Excellent entertainment
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Really friendly magician 👍🏾

NETWORKING FOLLOW UP

No matter how successful the networking at your event, it’s crucial to encourage follow ups. Providing a way for attendees to connect after the event, such as a shared online platform or social media group, can keep the networking momentum going and foster lasting connections. Likewise, if you are holding your networking event regularly, then it would be a great idea to keep in touch with attendees. One way to do this is to set up a mailing list that guests can subscribe to.

As you prepare for your next event, I encourage you to consider the power of close up magic in driving engagement and improving networking. My performances are designed to entertain, engage, and most importantly, foster conversations.

From corporate events to private parties, my close up magic performances have transformed events into engaging experiences filled with awe and wonder. But don't take my word for it, here's what some of my clients have said:

Just to say thanks so much for being with us at our networking event on Monday – the magic went down really well, and everyone had a great evening.

Becky Sheppard, Birmingham

Ed performed at a corporate event we hosted in the city. He amazed and delighted all who attended! I would not hesitate to hire him again, and in fact, look forward to the opportunity to do so.

Steve Broback, Boston, USA

So, if you're planning an event and are looking for a unique, engaging way to improve networking, consider adding magic to your event. Not only will it offer your guests an exciting and unforgettable experience, but it will also provide a relaxed, friendly environment where networking comes naturally.

If you're interested in learning more don't hesitate to reach out to me here.

YOUR INCREDIBLE EVENT IS
JUST A FEW STEPS AWAY

1. CONNECT

It's easy to get in touch with me, either:

email ↓

ed@edsumner.com

call ↓

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or fill in an enquiry form.

2. DISCUSS

During a short phone or video call, we'll talk about your event and your initial ideas. Don't worry, if you're not sure. I've helped to plan many events so I can advise on the best use of magic and other events entertainment.

3. AGREE

Once all the details are agreed, I'll send you a booking confirmation and ask you to make the first payment which confirms your date in my calendar. Then it's time to start looking forward to your big event.

4. ENJOY

I'll check in with you in the week before your event, and on the day of the event. All you need to do now is enjoy the magic, mind reading and conversational comedy.