YSPN Melbourne hosted an open networking event at Melbourne Business School. The event was attended by professionals of all experience levels
The ice was broken early on in the evening – despite there being a diverse range of attendees, the atmosphere was warm and lively. Jokes were shared over finger-food and drinks as professionals of all ages and backgrounds got to know one another.
The evening was divided into group activity and then lecture-style segments to provide attendees with practical networking strategies they could implement in their conversations.
Attendees were given the opportunity to ‘work the room’ through group and pair activities. It was a great chance for professionals with less experience in networking to practice introducing themselves and getting that follow-up, as they were encouraged and reassured by the event hosts and other attendees. This allowed professionals who felt less confident to feel comfortable, step outside their comfort zone, and grow.
In this way, the best part of the event was the support provided – we could practice networking strategies in an environment that was encouraging, friendly, and casual. By the end of the evening, everyone had built new connections and friendships with people both in and outside of their fields.