@ISES_DC and @DCNACE make MAGIC by hosting combined event at DC National Zoo
Last week the local chapters of ISES and NACE here in Washington, DC hosted a joint networking event. I thought it was really cool to see the two industry leaders come together like this. The combined effort brought together a huge crowd and I would love to see more of this collaboration between DC area groups going forward (joint MES/ISES/NACE event anyone?). I also thought the National Zoo was a fun non-traditional venue choice.
While I didn’t get a chance to make an elephant disappear, I did have an awesome time entertaining all of my friends and colleagues in attendance.
Check out the fun photos above and view the full gallery on Michael Bennett Kres facebook page.
Networking Tip #2 - Attend New Events to Expand Your Network
We all know the big three NACE, ISES and MES. While I feel very strongly that you should become a regular with at least one of these, you should occasionally branch outside of your comfort zone and make fresh connections.
By attending an outside networking event you will meet a variety of event professionals you simply would never encounter at the big three. Below you will find 3 of my favorite event oriented networking groups, as well a general networking event for all industries.
- AWP - Association of Wedding Professionals
Small Intimate Group. Ability to make strong personal connections. Focused on wedding industry. Non-members may attend for $45. Attendance ~ 30-40
- AMPS - Association of Meeting Professionals
Associations and Non-profit Professionals. Good age diversity. Non-Members $35. Attendance ~ 150+
- HIP - Hospitality Industry Professionals
Highly meeting/association oriented. Younger crowd. Free to attend for association/meeting planners. Vendors/Suppliers $35. Attendance ~ 200+
- The Original Third Tuesday (Top Choice)*
The largest general networking event in the region. FREE to attend. All industries / local businesses. Diverse Crowd. Attendance ~ 300+
If you feel as though your seeing the same faces each month, try one of the groups listed above. To really refresh your network, try a general networking event that serves all industries. You’ll have less networking competition and often find you’re the only event professional in the crowd. This makes working the room a breeze and helps to spotlight your unique service.
What networking events have you found helpful (event related or otherwise)? Do you prefer a large crowd or more intimate group for networking?