Sets a timed meeting time, then randomly invites business associates online to meet for drinks in your office. This setup sounds like a nightmare, but it could lead to real results if it is done well.
Location choice matters. An effective tech hub can blend traditional office fun with trendy office culture. A printable faux plan or even free coffee may make the setting feel more like your “home office” than your corporate cubicle.
Business people can post their virtual happy hour on personal social media pages. Then, a much larger audience can go along for the ride. Even a 40-person virtual setting could get the ball rolling.
Give details about the date, time, location, and organization of your happy hour. Don’t use just passive messaging, such as “Hi!” “Hey!” or “Sorry about the delay.” Tell people what exactly is going on. Do something fun if people respond that they want to go. People are creatures of habit, and if you only send notices and then wait to see what happens, you may have wasted valuable time.
You can post on your Facebook event page. Don’t hold back the happy-hour fun by warning people to expect a work appointment. Use informal language like “OK, so here we go” instead.
Don’t overthink. Consider that you’re setting up a very small gathering. Make it clear that it is all about looking forward rather than something you have to do. Let a lot of ambiguity surround the idea of “to be continued” and have a clear message about what you do expect people to do in the future.