How to Prepare For and Have Fun at Networking Events and Parties

The term networking gets a bad rap. It often gets skewed as a shallow activity people do to get ahead in their careers. I’d like to turn that idea on its head. At NY Creative Interns we believe that by becoming a part of a supportive network of people who care about helping others, collaborating, and learning, you’ll be setting yourself up for luck to find you (e.g. internship and job opportunities.) Don’t think of it as networking, think of it as making friends – plain and simple.

That being said, we understand that “networking” events can be scary so we work really hard to make them fun. With our big One Year Anniversary Party coming up this Wednesday, 12/14/11, we’d like to share some tips you can apply to any networking event that will be sure to make you feel relaxed and ready to meet tons of awesome people and have a great time.

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Know the Basics

What time does it start? Is the dress casual? Is there a speaker or can you arrive at any time? Knowing the event basics will make you feel comfortable and help you avoid awkward situations like showing up under dressed or in the middle of a keynote speech.

At Our Party:

  • Cocktail attire (ties, blazers, little black dresses, nice tops, dress shoes, etc)
  • Program / keynotes start at 7:30pm sharp
  • Print out your tickets

Find Out Who Will be There

Is there anyone going who you’re dying to meet? For most events, you can find out. Events on Eventbrite and Meetup often show attendee details on the guest list. You can also try searching the event on Twitter to see who’s talking about it.

At Our Party:

Use Social Media (Sparingly) During the Event

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Events are an amazing opportunity to connect with people face to face, so don’t have your face glued to your phone all night. Remember the basics: checking in on Foursquare or Facebook and sending a few tweets, but there’s no need to be obsessive about it. Use social media before and after, but keep it to a minimum during.

At Our Party:

  • Our Hashtag is #NYCinterns and our Twitter handle is @NYCinterns
  • Support our amazing venue, The Wix Lounge, by checking in on Foursquare, Facebook, Yelp, etc.

Have a Goal: Meet 5 New People

Everyone is different and meeting people can be harder for some than others. That’s why it’s fun to make yourself a goal before you attend. My personal favorite places to strike up conversations? In line for food or drinks, the bathroom, or at the photo booth.

At Our Party:

  • There will be 150+ creative students, professionals, and recent grads at our party, so set your goals high. You’re about to meet a lot of amazing folks.
  • We’ll be playing a networking match game with images from Thinkstock, an easy way to strike up conversations with new people.



Do your homework, be yourself, have fun and smile. Follow these tips and you’ll be sure to have a great time. Have tickets to our One Year Anniversary yet? Get them now before they sell out.

Do you have any networking event tips, tricks, or questions? Let us know in the comments.

About the Author

Emily is Founder and CEO of FindSpark. Passionate about the power of social media and networking; Emily has spoken at numerous colleges, conferences, and events including The International Youth Leaders Assembly at The United Nations, SXSW Interactive, Internet Week, Mediabistro's Social Media Bootcamp, Time Inc, Columbia University, and New York University, among others. Emily is also an adjunct professor, teaching social media and career courses at multiple colleges. Learn more about having Emily speak at your next event and follow her on twitter @EmilyMiethner.

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