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After recently attending a packed out WTM and now into the busy season of festive networking events, it is clear that in this post covid world networking events are back in full force and here to stay! As someone with young children, with a two-hour commute to London it can sometimes take a lot of effort to attend an industry event – however there is so much you can take away from them.

The Hospitality sector represents a smallish but mighty section of WTM which makes it easy to see a variety of contacts in a concentrated area. Another event I have enjoyed this year include The Caterers People Summit and I’m looking forward to various beam events next year.

Hospitality networking events play a crucial role in professional and personal development, offering numerous benefits for individuals and businesses alike. Here are some key aspects that highlight the importance of networking events:

  1. Opportunity for Relationship Building:
  1. Networking events provide a platform for individuals to connect and build relationships with like-minded professionals, potential clients, candidates, partners, and mentors.
  2. These connections can lead to various opportunities in the future or straight away!
  1. Knowledge Sharing and Learning:
  1. Attendees at networking events often come from diverse backgrounds and industries. This diversity allows for the exchange of ideas, information, and experiences.
  2. Participants can gain insights into different industries, learn about best practices, and stay updated on current trends and innovations.
  1. Business Development:
  1. Networking events are fertile grounds for business development. They provide a chance to identify potential individuals or companies who can contribute to the growth of a business.
  2. Establishing a presence at these events can also enhance a company’s visibility and reputation within the industry.
  1. Career Advancement:
  1. For individuals, networking events offer opportunities to advance their careers by connecting with professionals who may offer guidance, mentorship, or job opportunities.
  2. Visibility at such events can also enhance one’s professional reputation, making them more likely to be considered for promotions or new opportunities.
  1. Exchange of Referrals:
  1. Networking can lead to the exchange of referrals and recommendations. When people establish trust through networking, they are more likely to refer others to individuals or businesses they know and trust.
  1. Access to Resources:
  1. Networking events provide access to a wide range of resources, including information, contacts, and opportunities. Whether it’s finding a service provider, a job opportunity, or gaining advice on a specific challenge, networking can open doors to valuable resources.
  1. Personal Development:
  1. Networking events often involve interacting with people with a variety of experiences, which can enhance communication and interpersonal skills.
  1. Stay Informed about Industry Trends:
  1. Networking events offer a chance to stay informed about the latest trends, technologies, and developments within the industry. This knowledge is vital for staying competitive and adapting to changes.

In summary, networking events are instrumental in fostering connections, creating opportunities, and promoting personal and professional growth. Whether you are attending for business reasons, or an individual seeking personal development, being present at networking events can have a significant impact on your success and well-being.

I’m kicking off the new year with the beam annual Gala Dinner, what do you think are the key networking events for 2024?

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