by Randall CraigFiled in: Blog, Make It Happen Tipsheet, Networking
Who do you prefer being – the host or the guest?
When you are asked to be a guest at an event, it is a validation of your skills, experience, and your importance. Of course, being a guest has it’s obligations: if the invitation is a personal one, you often will bring a small gift. If it’s professional, you are expected to contribute your professional attention to the purpose of the event. And at the end of the event, you will (or should) show your appreciation by sending a thank you note to the person who invited you to attend.
As a host, your role is different: your primary concern is that everything goes well and that your guests feel that it was worthwhile. Looking at the host role more carefully, this involves a number of activities. The host must:
Interestingly, if you have these basic skills – being the host – you also have the basic skills of networking. Find yourself standing alone at a networking event? Ask yourself what you would do if you were the host. While everyone wants to get that invitation in the mail, being the host is actually more valuable.
Next time you are invited to a networking event – just be the host.
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