January 3, 2013
At your next major association event, get senior-level members to form an engagement team specifically to reach out to first time members, make them feel welcome and give them tips for making the most of the event. To make it effective, designate a specific networking event for the engagement team to meet with the first timers. With a little pre-event communication provide the first timers with fun bio cards and pictures for each member of the engagement team to make them easier to find in a crowd. Connecting with peers that are helpful and friendly is a good start to any event.