You won’t be able to do a meet and greet after every show, but I highly encourage you to find a way to meet your audience when they’re leaving. Whether you stand outside the auditorium doors, or if you just step down from the fair stage to say hello to everyone, it will make an impact. People want to talk to you, they want to share past experiences related to your show, compliment you, and shake your hand. This is a great way to connect with your audience, and sometimes they even want to ask about hiring you for another event. Here are some basic do’s and don’ts of meet and greets.
Don’t Block the Flow of Traffic
Some people are in a mad rush to get to get to their cars once the event has ended. Give the people that want to talk to you the opportunity to approach you, but without hindering the exodus of other attendees flocking to their vehicles. Some people will chat for a while and you don’t want a herd of people stuck behind them unable to get through.
Do Thank Them for Coming
The meet and greet can be a great ego boost. Don’t let it go to your head. Sincerely thank them for coming and for their kind words- without an audience all you’re doing is throwing things around in a gym.
Don’t Contradict Them
No matter what you thought about your performance or the performance in general, when someone comes up to compliment the show, don’t contradict him or her. It’s like telling a kid that there’s no Tooth Fairy. (P.S. if you are under the age of 10, yes the Tooth Fairy is real). They had a perception that the show went well and were entertained which is what the goal is. By telling them it wasn’t as good as it could be, or pointing out some perceived mistake, you are shattering the illusion. Unless something goes horribly wrong, and I’m talking call-the-ambulance-wrong, they probably thought those little mistakes were part of the show or perhaps they didn’t even notice them at all.
Do Have Something for Them to Take Home
Make sure that you have your business cards readily available. Someone is bound to want your information for another event, or just to look you up on YouTube, and this is the most effective way to keep yourself connected with your audience. Fliers, postcards and trading cards work for this as well-anything you can do to make it easy for people to find you. Be creative!