Aside from being a full time magician, I also am the founder of a networking group here in Washington, DC called Metro Event Specialists. In just 2 years we’ve grown to over 1900 members making MES the largest trade organization for event pros in the DC, MD, and VA area. Our members include Event Planners, Caterers, Venues, and Event Service providers.
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PS - You can also check out the full recap of the Eastern Market event
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?
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