Tired of attending traditional networking events? Need a breath of fresh air? Try heading out on a harbor cruise! Before you set foot on the boat, check out these do’s and don’ts so you can make the most of your evening:

DO: Go in with a game plan.

Whether you’re going solo or with a group of friends, it’s important to have a strategy going into the event in order to get the most out of it. I try to meet and talk to at least three new people during these types of events, in addition to chatting with people I already know. If you set a goal for yourself, it’ll be easier to walk up to people or breakaway from the group. (Check out these other tips for attending networking events, too.)

DON’T: Spend the entire time Snapchatting your friends.

Look, I love Snapchat as much as the next girl, but do you really want to be THAT person on the cruise who’s taking #boatselfies the entire time? I don’t think so. Remember, you’re there to meet new people, have interesting conversations, and enjoy the beautiful views – IRL. Put down the phone! Instead of snapping all of your friends while you’re crusin’, invite them to go beforehand.

DO: Check the weather before you head out.

The last thing you want to do is get stuck on a boat in clothing that doesn’t match the weather. Look at the weather before you head out so you can dress appropriately. (Trust me, hanging out on a boat isn’t as fun if you’re shivering the entire time!)

DON’T: Stress out.

You’re on a boat for crying out loud! That just screams “good vibes.” Relax, have a drink, enjoy the views, and chat it up with the people around you. Everyone’s there to have a good time!

DO: Join us for our networking cruise!

Looking for a fun event to meet new people in the area? Join Catapult at 7pm on Wednesday, July 6th on the M.V. Thomas Laighton for “Reggae on the River”! We’ll be on the party ship in Portsmouth Harbor dancing the night away (and networking, of course). Register here!

DON’T: Randomly start belting out “I’m On A Boat”

Well, I guess you can, but do it at your own risk (just because you’re not spending the whole time Snapchatting, doesn’t mean everyone else won’t).

by Ariella Coombs

Photo credit: Joseph Barrientos via Unsplash

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