Many professionals are intrigued by the idea of hosting their own networking event. After all, there are clear professional benefits to becoming known as a connector, and if you’re an introvert, you can create events optimized for how you prefer to socialize.

Over the past five years, I’ve hosted nearly 80 networking dinners — and have opined about various facets of the process, including how to create the right guest list. But often, it’s the little details that get in the way: Where should you hold a networking event? Who pays for it? How can you avoid awkward silences? Here are four key logistical points to ensure your gathering is a success.

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