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Interacting With Your Guests At A Social Event

It’s not enough to get people to attend your social or corporate events.

If you want them to truly engage, then you need to get them to interact, to do more than just listen to you.

It can also be hard as people tend to stick with their group during events, playing along together with little or no interaction with others.

As an event organiser, this can be problematic because the overarching goal of a memorable event relies on attendees’ conversations post-event.

So, you may be wondering how event planners can ensure guests interact with the event?

Here are a few tricks to get people mingling and mixing at any event.

Pre event

No matter if it’s a conference or more of a social gathering, you have to start the process well in advance of the day itself. This is so that people will want to contribute more than just listen.

You could therefore start small and host scaled-down versions of an event to build up some hype in advance of the big event so that when the big day comes, guests will feel more connected to the content and will be able to engage more effectively.

For the pre-event, you may want to think about where it is and the size. As you could go for something small like an arts centre or on a larger scale like an exhibition centre or conference centre.

In this way, you are able to begin building anticipation for your bigger event before it actually happens, which allows you to boost engagement once the event itself starts.

Attendees will be more inclined to interact at your event if they are able to meet and greet other attendees before the event. This is compared to attempting to do so on the big day.

At the event

An example of a unique venue would be a museum, like Royal Museums Greenwich, a converted church like St. Augustine’s Arts & Events Centre or a historical building like English Heritage historic venues.

What about adding the talking point to your event with an Ice Sculpture from Hamilton Ice Sculptors.

Read here, Five Reasons why Unique Venues Make Great Events.

Our final advice to you is have fun with your guests! Of course, take onboard our helpful tips and tricks to get everyone involved but always have fun doing it!

For more information about how to be more sociable at your events click here!

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