Nov. 2, 2022

E024 - Host a Networking Event That Doesn't Suck with Nick Gray

E024 - Host a Networking Event That Doesn't Suck with Nick Gray

Have you ever heard of the term “it's not what you know but who you know?” You can have the best business idea in the world, but nobody knows about it or trusts you, and no one will buy your products. That is why networking with new people is important to broaden your exposure and, most importantly, your network. Networking is a powerful tool for growing your business.


Exchanging information and ideas with new people can help you generate new leads, find potential customers, expand your reach and improve your business. Join this conversation with Nick Gray, the master of cocktail parties, and learn more about how to host a successful cocktail party. We go through all the mechanics and logistics to make this easy and doable for anyone, even those with a busy schedule.


Nick Gray moved to New York City with very few friends and less-than-stellar social skills. But Nick craved new relationships and exciting opportunities. He started hosting non-traditional parties—a move that never could have imagined opened doors. Today, after hosting hundreds of 2-hour parties, he counts business owners, artists, and inspiring teachers among a circle of friends that helped him launch a multimillion-dollar company. Featured in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, Nick has been called a host of “culturally significant parties” by New York Magazine.


During this episode, you will learn about;


[00:00] Episode intro and a quick bio of the guest; Nick Gray
[01:57] Meet Nick and know his business experience
[03:54] Nick’s shift from B2C to B2B in his business
[05:49] What is seller financing in business
[08:28] The journey to starting a new business after selling out the first one
[10:02] Pranay’s experience from being an attendee to a host of a conference
[13:57] Common cocktail party fears and Nick’s advice on how to handle them
[14:57] The NICK PARTY formula on how to host a successful cocktail party
[18:08] What Nick has learned over the years in hosting cocktail parties
[19:34] The fear of being rejected when you invite someone to the party
[20:49] The logistics of hosting a party
[25:19] Starting from scratch and growing consistently
[28:33] Valuable personal and business connections Nick has had in his life
[31:40] General party structure that Nick shares
[33:46] The perfect day and the actual process of starting a party
[39:56] The best practices with “ice breakers.”
[43:16] Why Nick’s book is unique and the best guide to hosting parties
[45:14] Perfect time of the day that Nick recommends for hosting parties
[47:13] What happens after a successful party
[49:06] How you can reach out and connect with Nick
[50:14] Ending show and call to action

Notable Quotes

● Organizing a conference can be so stressful. It may take you a whole year. However, the benefits magnificently outweigh the pain. [11:58]
● How to host a good party is sometimes counter-intuitive. For instance, the best day to host a party is not always what you think. [14:20]
● When you mix people up, you help them make new friends. Most adults have not made any new friends in many years because as you get older, it gets harder to meet new people in authentically. [15:45]
● Hosting a party is proof of confidence and leadership that most people lack. [18:36]
● By hosting parties, it becomes an incredible way to meet new people. [27:40]

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