How To Choose The Right Venue For Your Next Networking Event

How To Choose The Right Venue For Your Next Networking Event

Choosing the right venue for your upcoming networking event is one of the most crucial decisions you will have to make. Once a perfect venue has been identified, the rest becomes relatively easy to handle as it’s mostly operational detail.

Most people’s first impulse is to hold the event at their business premises. Seems reasonable, but shop-fronts and offices aren’t designed for this kind of use and thus might become a bit awkward. For an event to be a success, you’ll need a professional event space. This means a hired venue or banquet hall. A good venue will help your guests make meaningful connections by enhancing the networking experience.

The Zen Catering has a fabulous tool available that allows you to search for the perfect venue by entering your guest numbers and style of event. All you need to do is enter all of your event information, click ‘search’ and ‘voila!’ a list of venues will appear.

From the list of suggestions generated by the search tool, you will still need to pick one that best suits your needs. Here are some additional considerations that you may not have thought of:

  1. Access & Parking. The location of the event venue and by extension the event itself should be considered carefully. For guests, the easier you make it for them to get there the better your numbers will be. Choosing a close and convenient venue can help ensure that most of the invited guests attend. Take the event to the people by choosing a location near the attendee’s homes if it’s a weekend thing or close to their places of work if the event will take place after work on a weekday. Also ensure that the venue has adequate parking space for your guests.
  2. Making a checklist. Come up with a checklist with all the specifications the event venue needs to meet. The type of attendees you invite and the type of experience you wish to offer them will highly determine what makes it onto this list. A list will make choosing the best location from a choice of several much easier without overlooking certain important aspects.
  3. Recommendations. Do your homework. Look online for places with the kind of facilities you are looking for. Read reviews to see if what they are advertising is what they actually offer. You can also ask around for reviews from guests who have previously hosted events at different venues. There is no better review than a personal recommendation!
  4. Catering. Talk to the caterers and see what menu offerings they have available, look for someone who has interesting food and lots of dietary options available in their canapé menu. If the venue has a limited menu or serves no food, ask about making your own catering arrangements.
  5. Visiting the venue. Once you have narrowed down your search to a few venues, make a visit to each one of them personally. Avoid surprises by taking a tour of the venues and comparing the facilities on the ground with what you earmarked on your checklist.


Authored by: Pete Anderson

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