Opening moves matter. In chess, an effective opening strategy can set a player up for certain victory. In relationships, positive first impressions can set both parties up for a win-win partnership.
If your lab is looking to build new relationships within your institution, open strong by hosting a simple “open house.” It’s a great way to bring new partners into your lab right from the start. Meet them, greet them, and show them who you are and what you can do for them.
You can bring new partners to your house without “bringing down the house.” Your event need not be a big production. It can be well thought out and memorable without breaking your budget. Just follow our O.P.E.N. house plan below.
You’ll have to do some pre-work within your lab and with your new partner to lay the foundation for a successful open house event.
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Your open house should show off your lab, but keep things focused on building relationships and forming connections.
After your open house is over, encourage collaboration as the norm for relationships between cross-functional colleagues in the lab and hospital.
Dr. Julia Dahl describes how her organization keeps informal relationships alive with their hospital partners in the wake of a successful open house.
Click through each of the following for fun ideas to make your open house more memorable.