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A few years ago I was in New York for an entrepreneurship boot camp and noticed an interesting trend. A lot of the successful people that came to speak with us frequently referenced how they met each other at group dinners. When I got back to Toronto and was working on building a business, I started to bring the various smart people I knew together for dinners to keep in touch and connect them with one another. Over time, I found that a lot of great connections and ideas would come out of these dinners.
At first, you will want to make sure to engage everyone, but keep in mind that everyone is different. Some people are outspoken, and others enjoy listening. Just because someone is silent doesn’t mean they aren’t enjoying themselves. As a host, you may feel inclined to ask a lot more of someone who is less talkative than someone who won’t shut up. Subtly asking someone who is a bit more quiet for their thoughts on something a more talkative person is rambling on about provides an organic and subtle chance to change the pace.
If things are quiet, it is a good time to open up about yourself. Since you’ve spent the first bit of the dinner learning about everyone else,
they are likely to be interested in hearing more about you at this stage. I find people ask me a lot of questions about Random Dinner in general; it’s likely they will do the same with you only say good things! (Joking! Well, not really.) Share past experiences and why you wanted to host a group of people. Discuss what you are excited and passionate about as a person. At this stage, as the host, you are letting the conversation drive itself, with the occasional course correction.