In addition, by hosting an event, you can invite your network. It is important to continuously find ways to stay in touch and top of mind with your network.
At the same time, your event will draw new people who you will be able to meet and integrate into your network. Bringing people to you is a great way to grow your network.
If you have special guest speakers, then your relationships with these people will grow as well. They will be honored that you asked them.
Your promotions for the event will create more visiibility for you and others will want to get to know you. Events hosts are generally highly regarded as good networkers and people to meet.
Take the time to figure out the type of event that you want to host. While it is a lot of work to plan and facilaite, it is well worth the effort.