[Watch "Helpful Networking Thingy" on YouTube; 03:12 minutes]
We had a great time at last week's Biznik event at Jerry's Deli. We pretty much always do, but this time, we introduced a new, fun, sharing-kinda thing that really reinvigorated everyone, provided interesting things to talk about and gave each of us insight not only into each other, but some ways we might improve our lives and businesses moving forward.
I describe one of the tools I used in the video above. Basically, it comes down to this:
- Have each attendee to your gathering come with a problem or question they'd like to crowdsource.
- Provide some means for them to write the question and collect answers, we used 8.5x11" sheets and markers, and laid them out on a table. I rolled out some kraft paper underneath it all so I could tape the sheets neatly. You could also put giant sheets up on the wall, or use a big whiteboard and take pictures after.
If you're the organizer, it's helpful to seed things with a question or two, or press a willing friend to ask one as well. It will help people get over their initial shyness with the new idea.
If you were one of the attendees and happen to be reading this, please feel free to leave your thoughts about how this worked in the comments.
If you've done something like this and achieved great success with getting people to loosen up right away and share, I'd love to hear your methods.