“It’s our human-to-human links that make the most meaningful moments of our lives,” suggests Joshua Cooper Ramo, author of The Seventh Sense and The Age of the Unthinkable.
While in many ways it seems we are more connected than ever, our busy schedules and screen time are keeping us from meeting face to face with businesses in our communities. It is in meeting that we can most effectively collaborate, celebrate, and even commiserate. But let’s get serious—who really wants to go to another meeting?
We are encouraged to “grow our network,” understanding there is a lot to be said for who you know when trying to get things done.
The chamber mixer model has long provided an efficient template for bringing people together, specifically within the business community. We believe there is great value in meeting, especially when it provides the chance to meet new people and businesses, or reacquaint ourselves with someone we haven’t talked to in a while.
So, what makes for the perfect chamber business after hours mixer? The same thing that works for any great get together, an enthusiastic host and an invitation. Still not convinced? Check out Priya Parker’s The Art of Gathering. Parker offers a decoder ring for the secret forces at work when we gather for business, crises, or celebration.
And remember, “many of the best things in life happen when people gather,” said Chris Anderson, owner and curator of TED.
To schedule a mixer, contact the Chamber at (814) 676-8521 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stay tuned next month for an article with tips on how to host a successful mixer.