Do you know the biggest challenge event organizers like you face?
According to a survey by Markletic, it is to make their in-person and virtual attendees communicate with each other.
Networking is critical for your attendees and making the networking event fun is expected from you. 81% in the same Markletic survey agree that networking is a key contributor to audience satisfaction in their event.
But the challenge is how do you get attendees to network organically, have fun, and form genuine, personal connections
If you are an event organizer worried about what are good activities for networking, a networking game is what you’re looking for!
These networking games can be used for large groups as well as corporate events. Below is also a video I found where Theresa Reaume talks about the essence of networking.
Networking Games for Large Groups that Energize and Engage
1. Word Cloud Poll: A Projection of Collective Thought
Ready for a visually fun networking activity for large groups that gets your participants thinking, responding, and giggling? Word Clouds brings together the power of technology and collective thought in an engaging, visually appealing format.
In a Word Cloud Poll, you prompt the audience ideally using your event app to submit a word or a short phrase in response to a question or topic.As responses are collected, a word cloud starts to form, with the most frequently submitted words appearing larger than the less common ones.
The result is a powerful visual representation of the collective thoughts and ideas of your large group. This not only allows participants to see what commonalities they share with others but also creates a launchpad for intriguing discussions.
Some good icebreaker word cloud questions to ask are
- What’s one word to describe your professional passion?
- What skill or expertise are you most proud of?
- If you could master one new skill in the next year, what would it be?
- What’s your go-to productivity tool or app?
- What’s one word you would use to describe a successful networking event?
2. Conversation Roulette: A Spin on Conversational Engagement
Have you ever watched a group of friends cheering around a Roulette table, eagerly waiting for the ball to land on their bet? The thrill, the suspense, the shared laughter and camaraderie – it’s a social dynamite!
That’s exactly what the next networking game, Conversation Roulette, does!
In Conversation Roulette, each participant is given a wheel with different conversation topics written on each segment. They spin the wheel with their conversation partner, and whichever topic the wheel lands on, that’s what they discuss. It might land on a professional query, a personal icebreaker, or a wacky wildcard.
The result? An instant spark of fun-filled interactions and a buzz of laughter echoing around the room.
Here are some good topics and conversation starters to include in your networking game
- Most memorable place you’ve ever visited
- Book, movie, or TV series would you recommend and why?
- If you could switch jobs with anyone for a day, who would it be and why?
- What’s an unusual skill or hobby you have?
- What’s one piece of advice you would give to your younger self?
3. The Collaborative Mural: A Canvas of Creativity
Let’s imagine your next large group networking event
As attendees arrive, their attention is captivated by a prominent, giant blank canvas displayed in the meeting space. Their curiosity piques, drawing them closer to the canvas, where an array of art supplies awaits. Welcome to the most visually captivating networking idea for large groups – the Collaborative Mural!
Participants can grab a brush, pick a marker, or even use their fingers; the mural is for the large group to create! The beauty of this game lies in its flexibility, as every mural can take on a unique appearance. Whether it’s a series of events or breaking the audience into smaller groups, there’s always something fresh and distinct that emerges.
This lively networking game for adults taps into the collective creativity of the group, igniting captivating discussions, and fostering strong connections.
12 Fun Networking Event Ideas in 2023
1. Virtual Scavenger Hunt
A virtual scavenger hunt is the best networking activity for large groups without appearing pushy. Create a leaderboard for attendees and give them a checklist of tasks they need to do to get points. The tasks can range from general actions like “Send a picture of anything that is green in color near you” to hybrid app-specific actions like “Create your first post and publish it on the social wall.”
When you create a checklist involving general and app-specific tasks, you enhance the overall event engagement.
If you are worried about your audience dozing off during speaker sessions, this is the perfect social networking game to ensure they don’t take their eyes off the speakers! In other words, quizzes ensure attendees pay attention to sessions and get the best out of them.
To host this social networking game, segment hybrid attendees into groups of 4 or 5 members before the beginning of a session. Then, ask questions about the current session midway or after concluding a session. The team which answers most questions within the shortest time wins.
3. Group Discussions (GDs)
Group discussions are one of the most common yet highly effective networking games for adults to prevent them from zoning out. GDs encourage attendees to listen, think and speak actively.
For group discussion, create groups of 10 or 15 attendees. Give each team 15 minutes to discuss a topic. The topic of discussion must be relevant and industry-specific. Also, ensure that each team member gets a chance to speak at least once.
4. Yes or No
If you have a large hybrid audience and want to conduct games involving every attendee, this networking game is the one for you!
First, split attendees into two equal groups and make them stand for either Yes or No. Then, the host should ask the crowd personal and business-related yes or no questions and let them choose the side that best describes them for each question. For this, you can use the Poll feature available on the app. Choose the person who has done the least number of switches as the winner.
5. Badge Holders’ Meet Up
Badge Holders’Meet Up is the best networking game to nudge those attendees who aren’t keen on networking (especially with virtual attendees) to take action.
For playing badge collector’s meet-up, give each attendee a virtual badge the moment they check in for your event using the event check-in app. Their badge should be on top of their profile and visible to fellow attendees. Then, at any point during the event, ask all similar badge holders to assemble in a separate virtual breakout room and ask them to network with each other.
6. Photo Sharing Contest
If your social wall is eerily silent, a photo-sharing contest is that one networking game that can bring some action to your event. The idea is simple, ask attendees to share pictures of any particular topic or theme at various points during the event on the social wall. Then, choose the photo with the most likes as the winner. While choosing topics, always keep the virtual audience in mind.
7. Spin The Wheel and Answer
A stellar networking game to make hybrid attendees open up and share their thoughts. To conduct this game, segment attendees into small groups of 3 or 4 members and set up a virtual spin wheel. Each speech should have 1 question that attendees should answer depending on which spoke the arrow points to.
Each member gets to spin 3 times but to get a second or third spin, they should first answer the question written on the spoke the arrow points to.
8. Do You Know Me?
Do you know me is a game suitable for a smaller group of audience who already know a bit about each other. If you are conducting a company conference and are looking for networking games suitable for the workplace, your search ends here!
In this networking game, you should segment attendees into groups of 5 and ask one of them to say 2 lies and 1 truth about them. Let the other four members find out the truth. Repeat until every member gets a chance.
9. What Did The Speaker Say?
Like its name, “What Did The Speaker Say” is yet another impressive networking game to make sure your audience pays attention to speakers.
Before beginning a session, make attendees form groups of 4 or 5 members. Ask them what the speaker was talking about right before the interruption. The group which answers quickly wins. Repeat every half an hour until the session ends.
10. Never Have I Ever
Never Have I Ever is a networking game that has been here for ages. You might have conducted it during on-site events. But if you’re wondering how you can bring it into a hybrid event scene, here’s how:
Make a team of 5 to 10 members and ask them statements related to their personal and professional life preceded by ‘never have I ever. For example, Never have I ever dozed off during a meeting. Your attendees reply with either a yes or no turn-wise. Then, to make it more interesting, ask 1 or 2 attendees to share their stories related to the statement.
11. Speed Networking
Speed networking is inarguably one of the most basic yet effective networking games for professionals attending a hybrid event.
To play this, segment the audience using the AI matchmaking feature available in the event app. Ask each member of the segmented group to network with others in the group. Give each member 6 to 10 minutes to talk with one attendee and allow them to move to the next member after this time. Repeat this process for the next 1 hour.
12. Weave A Story
To conduct this networking game, divide attendees into groups of 10 members and assign them numbers from 1 to 10. Give a word to each member through the app and ask them to weave a story by adding these words to the previous attendee’s storyline.
These are the 12 engaging hybrid event games you can conduct in your next event to promote networking between your audience. So try out at least a couple of these networking games, and let us know how it goes!
FAQ – Networking Games
What Are Networking Games?
Networking games are games that are strategically integrated into an event to promote networking among participants. In other words, the chief aim of any networking game is to compel your audience to strike up a conversation with each other.