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3 Tips for Putting the “Social” into a Workplace Social

Last summer, I threw a mixer at the headquarters of the company I own for entrepreneurs and business owners to gather at for some meeting and greeting. It turned out to be such a success that I decided to do it again this year. With the invitations already sent out, the drinks and food ordered, the musician booked, and the RSVPs mounting up, it seems like another successful social is on its way.

However, the key word to consider here is “social” – when you’re gathering together a group of relative strangers, mingling is tougher to do than it seems. Little do you know that you’ve already done it though. By agreeing to come to a company mixer, you’re stepping outside of your comfort zone. Maybe you know some of the people invited and maybe you don’t. But what you do know is that you want to be there and that’s the first step to breaking the ice! Whether you’re a hostess or an attendee, add these additional icebreakers to your social must-have list.

1) Introduce Yourself First

If you’re the hostess, never presume that at your own event everyone will know who you are (same goes for attendees).

2) “Hey! Have you met _______ yet?”

Widen the social sphere between colleagues and friends by introducing guests to people you already know that you think they’d have a lot in common with. For wallflowers who are nervous to make the first move, this is a great way to get them to meet and greet!

3) Set the Mood

The social I’m throwing is meant to kick off the summer, so we’ll be featuring plenty of fun activities, food, and drinks to keep the atmosphere light and fun. No matter what time of the year you plan a mixer during, be sure that the environment is festive so guests will want to make an appearance next year too!

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