When you become the catalyst who connects amazing people with other amazing people, the benefits are exponential. Here’s how you’ll benefit from become a host… Reading time: 2 minutes
When you become the catalyst who connects amazing people with other amazing people, the benefits are exponential. Should you choose to begin hosting your own catalyst events you can expect to benefit in (at least) these three ways…
Think of your network as though it were a marketing funnel. Hosting dinners enables you to seed new relationships and fill the top of your funnel in a way that is extremely efficient from a time perspective. Think of being a host and planning your own catalyst dinners like making micro investments in new relationships. It’s a beautiful way to meet a lot of people in a short amount of time, without over committing or over-extending yourself.
One naturally occuring and unintended by product of being an organizer and host is that you are inherently positioned as having a high status or ranking within that group. Your perceived social value will increase in the eyes of your peers when you decide to become a catalyst community leader because you are the person responsible for making the entire thing happen.
And finally, when you invest your time in planning and hosting relationship building dinners or unique live experiences you reinforce your credibility not only as a catalyst within your community but also by association through the stature of your guests. As an event organizer, you gain credibility for hosting amazing dinners where guests have the chance to meet fascinating and notable people in city. And you also become more credible as a business leader and networker through your association with the notable and fascinating guests who attend your dinners.
That being said, there are also pros and cons involved in hosting large and small dinners. So when it comes to deciding on the size of your guest list, consider the following benefits that come with each…
I consider anything over 6-8 people to be a large dinner, and really the sky’s the limit as far as maximum capacity (I’ve hosted dinners for up to 150 people). A group of 10-20 guests would be a realistic average for a large group dinner or event.
Large dinners are a great way to aggressively grow your network in a rapid amount of time so if you’re really looking for a return in the form of rapid network expansion then this is the way to go… *But* large dinners do not allow you to really connect with your guests the way a smaller dinner does.
When you host a large dinner there will likely be several conversations happening simultaneously. So the focus for you as the host should be not so much bringing everyone together, but designing a guest list that allows everyone in attendance to make at least 1-2 meaningful connections. So if you’re doing a large dinner, definitely spend a considerable amount of time on your guest list and think carefully about who you seat where.
If your goal is to deepen your existing relationships and move them from good to great, a dinner of 6 is generally the ideal number of guests.
The smaller the group, the more intimacy. The more intimacy, the more likely the group is willing to go deep and open up. And the more they open up the deeper those relationships will become. With that said, the major benefit of a dinner of this size (for the host) is that it’s often facilitates itself, as you generally have one unifying conversation rather than multiple fragmented conversations happening at once.
Be clear on why you’re putting on the dinner. If you’re looking to forge new relationships at scale a larger dinner is for you, but a smaller dinner of 6 or less will allow you to connect on a deeper level with your guests.
Want to learn more about how I host my signature Mastermind Dinners? Don’t miss this episode of Community Made…